Brazil’s big blackout: 15 Minutes on Latin America

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern:

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Sixty million people lost electricity yesterday in Brazil after a huge power grid failure. The entire country of Paraguay was also affected by the blackout. Photos here

Will this affect the Olympics?

Update
Commenting on Facebook, Dominick reminds us of Brazil’s national motto, “ORDEM E PROGRESSO”.

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So much for that.

UPDATE 2
Jungle Mom, writing from Paraguay describes the Power outages

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6 Responses to “Brazil’s big blackout: 15 Minutes on Latin America”

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  2. Obloodyhell Says:

    Hrmmm. These things are inevitable as a country develops. The USA has had three of them in the last 50 years, you know —

    1965
    1977
    2003

  3. Fausta Says:

    Ob,
    Not to trivialize three huge outages in half a century, but we’re talking about “It is at least the fourth time since 1985 that Brazil has suffered a massive power outage involving transmission lines from Itaipu.”

  4. newton Says:

    Yet another Brazilian wisecrack that can best describe this situation:

    “Brazil is the country of the future and will always be.”

  5. Pat Patterson Says:

    Two of those outages in the US were actually when parts of the Canadian system went down and the latter from tree branches. While the most current Brazilian outage caused 60 million to be without powere that figure doesn’t include some 10 million in Paraguay that also were lighting candles. But one of the main problems in Brazil is that in the larger cities some 25% of the delivered power is stolen and the quality of these illegal hookups is horrendous.

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