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The good news is:- We found the fault! (Square symbol in the middle of Bass Strait)

The bad news is:-  When we cut the cable the pressure that came out of it was phenomenal!

It flipped the vessel around in the Strait similar to when you turn on a garden hose!

It was scary; almost to the point of feeling some of that warm leakage current.

Just per chance we have a time stamped video to show what happened.

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Then it twigged. This had us seriously thinking, the cable must be full of water.

Phew! And no wonder all our water storage levels are going down. More leakage current!

They never listen; submarine cables require a $10 pressure relief valve, not all that fancy electrical protection stuff.

Watch the video HERE (err doesn’t work) ...

• so go HERE: http://cleanairtas.com/smokewatch/basslink5.3.16.wmv

Peter in Comments HERE What if an entire state in one of the world’s wealthiest countries was to run out of electricity? It’s a question Tasmanians have been pondering – initially with humour, but increasingly with eyebrows arched – since late last year. … He says Tasmania has missed opportunities to build more wind farms, which are a good back-up for hydro generation. Northern Tasmania has a better wind resource than South Australia and Victoria, which have invested more heavily. The Age, HERE