Power Blackout Darkens Much of Chile

By: AP
By: AP

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A widespread power blackout has affected
between 9 million and 16 million people in Chile, forcing thousands
in the capital to be evacuated from trains or subway cars.

Energy Minister Rodrigo Alvarez says the cause of the blackout
has not been definitively determined but cited "oscillation
problems" in two power lines and a failure in a computer system.

The blackout occurred at 8:30 p.m. local time (23:30 GMT)
Saturday and affected a 1,300-kilometer (810-mile) stretch of this
narrow, coast-hugging country.

Two hours later, officials said power had been restored to 90 percent of the capital, Santiago.

Other parts of Chile remained without electricity.

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