In Tokyo, parts of major train lines were shut down from past 4 hours, Monday morning due to a power outage. Affecting some 280,000 rush hour daily travelers and forcing some universities to delay annual entrance exams.
The power went out between Kanda and Yotsuya stations on JR Chuo Line in central Tokyo around 4:55 a.m. and forced east Japan Railway Co. to temporarily hold all train services on the line that runs to the western outskirts.
The Chuo-Sobu line passing through the area and extend towards the capital’s eastern outskirts was also impacted.
Although few services fast resumed, delays and cancellations of rapid and regular train services on the lines affected connecting lines.
Crowds of daily travellers formed at many stations and more than 10 stations including Ochanomizu and Yotsuya temporarily closed ticket gates and stopped people from entering to prevent overflow.
According to Police, a fire burned cables near tracks close to Suidobashi station at around the same time as the power outage and authorities are investigating whether it was at the root of the trouble.
The incident coincided with nationwide entrance exams held for public universities. Those located along the affected lines, including Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo University of foreign studies and Chiba University, put off the start of their entrance exams for an hour.
According to 18-year-old high school student,” I panicked after learning that the train scheduleswere disrupted,but there was no problem because JR Yamanote line(encircling central Tokyo) was operating as usual.”
“I had been planning to use the Sobu Line but I made it in time using other lines,” said a student who came from neighboring Chiba Prefecture to take an exam in Tokyo.”Now I want to calm down before I sit the exam.”