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Electrocution in rain flooded streets

  1. Jun 29, 2008 #1


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    There have been two recent reports of people being electrocuted while walking in a rain flooded street that is continuous with a submerged power cable: Queens, New York and Pattaya,Thailand .
    Can someone explain quantitativly and in form, the underwater electric field and current path dimensions in a situation like this that would cause electrocution ?
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  3. Jun 29, 2008 #2


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    When you have a power line on the ground, for example, you can get what's call ground potential rise.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Potential_Rise" [Broken]

    Now if the line is in water, you would get a "3 dimensional" potential rise through the water.

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