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power surge

An oversupply of voltage from the power company that can last up to 50 microseconds. Although surges are very short in duration, they often reach 6,000 volts and 3,000 amps when they arrive at the equipment. Power surges are a common cause of damage to computers and electronic equipment. See power swell, spike, sag and surge suppression.
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Taofeek Abdulsaalam, who visited the scene of the incident said that preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that the fire outbreak was caused by power surge.
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(Tubes, transistors and similar components are not covered.) The current must be artificially generated so it would include a power surge either on or off premises that damaged property.
"The power surge that BA is referring to could have taken place at the customer side of the meter," a spokesman said.
Although British Airways had more than one data center, it's not inconceivable that the same power surge could have damaged two sited close together.
"Miles' actions caused massive disruption to hundreds of homes in the Liversedge area and the power surge that affected a local nursing home was a very frightening experience for the elderly people who were affected by it."
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Business leaders say the power surge that halted every train in and out of South Wales cost the economy millions.