Lights go out in Puerto Rico

A fire which erupted at an electrical plant sparked a massive blackout in Puerto Rico  leaving nearly 1.5 million homes across the island without power and businesses, universities and government offices  also had to shut down.

It took more than 24 hours for the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority to restore power as two transmission lines, with power running up to 230,000 volts, failed.

Puerto Rico Governor  Alejandro Garcia Padilla said: “The system was not designed to withstand a failure of this magnitude. I assume complete responsibility but everyone knows that the company’s maintenance problems began decades ago.”

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