Colombia is Blacked out

This from the Tribune:

BOGOTA, Colombia: A nationwide blackout hit Colombia on Thursday, with authorities struggling to determine the cause of the electrical grid's collapse.

President Alvaro Uribe told journalists in the southern city of Cali that authorities would "know in a few minutes" the cause of the blackout, which took place approximately at 10:15 a.m. local time (1515 GMT).

He said the blackout "appears to have affected the entire country."

Luis Alarcon, manager of state-controlled electricity distributor ISA, told Caracol Radio that the power outage appears to have begun with an undetermined technical glitch at a substation in Bogota and quickly spread to the rest of the country.

He said work crews had re-established power to about 20 percent of the country and hoped to reconnect the capital Bogota and other cities in a few hours.

So an entire nation drops back to pre-1850 levels in a heartbeat. No one in the North American/Northen media thinks to cover this. Isn't this a story? Check CNN, CBC, BBC and others. No one is talking about this. A suicide bomber blows himself up in a bathroom in Jerusalem and it's breaking news. Tens of millions of people are left in the dark and it doesn't register. Man: the media is idiotic.


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