March 14th, 2010
09:11 PM ET

Widespread power blackout hits Chile

Much of Chile was in the dark Sunday after a widespread blackout knocked out power to 90 percent of the country, CNN's sister network in the country reported.

The blackout was caused by a failure to the country's central electric system, but it was unclear what led to the failure, CNN Chile reported, citing Chilectra, a power company that provides electricity to the capital, Santiago.

Subway service was also affected, CNN Chile said, but all passengers had been evacuated from stopped trains as of Sunday night.

The blackout comes two weeks after a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country, killing more than 500 people. Aftershocks as high as magnitude 7.2 continue to disrupt recovery efforts.

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  1. Mr. Anderson

    We can catch a break!
    Chile's marketing to attract tourism once again will be "Chile, the country best prepared to face the 2012 cataclysm".

    March 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. Anderson

    Oops, I mean "We can't catch a break".

    March 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Valeria

    a rare situation in chile lived here tonight, was a little scary because of the disaster in which we live.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donna Martinez

    Lights are on...but wondering if anyone is home. We live in the community of Las Condes in Santiago. We were without light for over an 1 hour. Police began to patrol the area, helicopters took to the air with spot lights. I was nervous given the continuing aftershocks of the earthquake two weeks ago. Our neighborhood (in the Apoquindo/Burgos/Escuela Militar) area remained calm.

    March 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Katherine Riebe

    These are challenging times for the Chilians. I pray that Mother Earth calms down a bit and that the electrical systems get back up and running!

    March 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. barbara

    Is it not obvious that due to the several earthquakes thgat hit that region, perhaps that is why the central power went out? Has anyone of the cnn reporters noticed of the seemingly constand earthquakes that have occured throughout the world just within the last 2 weeks?? Just wondering, because I have noticed. 🙂

    March 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    This cud be a result of the impact of a solar flare!

    NASA told the magnetosphere is weaken on the South america

    March 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jose martinez

    i didnt know this information... whats it going on with my country,,,, i cant believe all that..... earthquakes, aftershock and now this then what....

    March 15, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
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