facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Up to 6 million Brazilians without power

Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM   |   Comments

SAO PAULO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A major electrical system failure Tuesday triggered a power outage that left up to 6 million Brazilians in the dark for several hours, officials said.

What exactly caused the blackout was unclear, Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Marcio Zimmermann, executive secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said the problem was not caused by an overload in the system.

Mauricio Tolmasquim, president of energy research company EPE, said the system "worked as it should" and the grid's operators "managed to avoid a domino" effect.

ONS, the grid operator, said in a statement the problem, which it did not explain, had been corrected but some areas had yet to be reconnected.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
2
Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October
3
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
4
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
5
Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback