Outage Plunges Half of Brazil Into Darkness

November 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A massive blackout across the southern half of Brazil had plunged perhaps 50 million people  without power and prompted a major police mobilization amid fears of an opportunistic crime wave.
The country’s largest cities, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro among others, were basically shutdown with no power or traffic lights for up to four hours, due to the outage late Tuesday. All of neighboring Paraguay was plunged into the dark, but for less than an hour.
The outage originated in the Itaipu hydroelectric plant that straddles the border between Brazil and Paraguay and supplies much of the energy to the two nations.  The energy ministry said operations were back to normal at 6 a.m. local time after a transmission failed perhaps due to a storm, causing the world’s largest dam by output to forcibly shut down for the first time since it went online in 1983. Brazil is set to host the 2016 Olympics and soccer’s World Cup in 2014, but crime and violence in the country have left many concerned.

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One Response to “Outage Plunges Half of Brazil Into Darkness”

  1. Greg Delaney on November 11th, 2009 11:14 pm

    it’s pretty scary to think that computer hackers have causes such a sweeping blackout

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