March 15th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Electricity restored to Chile after massive blackout

Electricity was restored Monday to all of Chile after an overheated transformer cause a blackout Sunday over 90 percent of the country, an official with Chile's largest electric company told CNN's partner network in the country.

Power was restored around 1 a.m., said Eduardo Andrade, vice president of Transelec. The blackout came two weeks after a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, killing more than 500 people. Aftershocks as high as magnitude 7.2 continue to hinder recovery efforts.

"The transformer that failed is isolated and we are installing a reserve unit," Andrade said in an interview with CNN Chile. "The possibility that there will be another blackout like last night's is very remote."

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