Power outage reported on MIT campus

A lot of bright students are in the dark after a power failure at MIT this afternoon.

Campus police said in a tweet that a campus-wide power outage has impacted all buildings fed by the MIT cogeneration plant.


The cogeneration project provides electricity, steam heat, and chilled water to more than 100 MIT buildings, according to the university website.

As of 1 p.m., a campus spokeswoman said some buildings had regained power, but she was unsure if this was because a generator had been put on line.

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Officials are working to investigate the cause of the outage, and restore power.

“It’s very busy down here right now,” said a police dispatcher.

People are being asked to avoid the area around Green Hall, which is located at the corner of Danforth Street and Amherst Alley.


Emergency personnel are responding to that area, according to the college’s emergency website.

College officials are keeping community members updated through the campus’s emergency website:

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