CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A power outage has hit a large swath of Venezuela, darkening street lights and forcing a shutdown of the Caracas subway.
Electricity Minister Ali Rodriguez says at least nine of the country's 23 states have been affected by Thursday's power loss.
He says major transmission lines failed in northwestern Venezuela, causing a drop of 6,000 megawatts.
Rodriguez tells state television that power is gradually being restored to affected areas of Caracas, the capital.
There are no immediate reports of problems in Venezuela's oil industry.
The country's refineries are equipped with emergency generators.
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