NSA's new Utah data center plagued with debilitating meltdowns

A new National Security Agency (NSA) data center is seen June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah. The center, a large data farm that is set to open in the fall of 2013, will be the largest of several interconnected NSA data centers spread throughout the country. 

Depending on how you feel about the National Security Agency's surveillance this is either great or terrible news. The huge data storage center that the NSA is building in Utah has been having some computer problems, and not like the spinning pinwheel. Electrical surges and fiery explosions are melting metal parts and destroying circuits. Siobhan Gorman, an intelligence correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, says the problems stem from something called arc flashes.

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