Men sitting outside at night during the Darwin blackout
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Darwin brought to a standstill by power blackout

12 March 2014 Last updated at 14:58 GMT

The northern Australian city of Darwin has been hit by a major power failure, shutting down schools and businesses.

The power cut - which was caused by a tripped circuit at a sub-station - affected the entire city, as well as towns up to 300km (185 miles) away.

Adrienne White reports.