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This view shows the brownout skyline of Tokyo looking east to the center of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay (Tokyo Tower center, Tokyo Midtown right). It was taken from the Shinjuku district at 5:40 am, on March 18, 2011 just before sunrise. The previous night, due to the severe power shortages caused by to checks and inspections of all nationwide nuclear power plants, much of the Tokyo/Kanto area was on a self imposed brownout. But around 7:00 p.m. it was announced that if Tokyoites did not practice self restraint in conserving electricity, the city would suffer a complete total blackout by midnight. That never happened though as all residents, businesses and transportation services drastically cut back. As a result, this was literally the darkest night in Tokyo in the past thirty years (not sure of blackout history prior to 1980 - check). This brownout was all a result of the massive March 11, 2011 earthquake measuring 9.0 mag. that struck Japan causing widespread catastrophe, and worse, severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power pant.
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Torin Boyd 2011
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This view shows the brownout skyline of Tokyo looking east to the center of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay (Tokyo Tower center, Tokyo Midtown right). It was taken from the Shinjuku district at 5:40 am, on March 18, 2011 just before sunrise. The previous night, due to the severe power shortages caused by to checks and inspections of all nationwide nuclear power plants, much of the Tokyo/Kanto area was on a self imposed brownout. But around 7:00 p.m. it was announced that if Tokyoites did not practice self restraint in conserving electricity, the city would suffer a complete total blackout by midnight. That never happened though as all residents, businesses and transportation services drastically cut back. As a result, this was literally the darkest night in Tokyo in the past thirty years (not sure of blackout history prior to 1980 - check). This brownout was all a result of the massive March 11, 2011 earthquake measuring 9.0 mag. that struck Japan causing widespread catastrophe, and worse, severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power pant.