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MegaFuz
April 26th, 2007, 01:34 PM
That's right. Colombia suffered a massive electrical blackout earlier today that affected the entire country. The city of Bogota, which appears to be the source of the blackout, was forced to shut down its stock exchange. To make up for the loss, trading will be extended by an extra hour today.

Authorities are still trying to find out the cause of the electrical grid's collapse which trapped people in elevators and knocked out traffic lights. Though leftist rebels frequently sabotage electrical transmission lines, there are no signs of any terrorism involved.

[ Full Story (http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/04/26/colombia.blackout.ap/index.html) ]

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I thought this was quite interesting. A nationwide blackout in the United States is unthinkable, so I can't really fathom an entire country losing power. Granted, Colombia is comparable to some states in size. Yet still, it's even unthinkable that an entire state would lose electricity. I realize Colombia is in a completely different situation than the US, but still. Yikes. o.O

Careful With That Axe, Pichu!
April 26th, 2007, 03:48 PM
Columbia is not a country... I think you're talking about Colombia. ._.

Rebels had been dynamiting a lot of electricity towers since last saturday, I read. They said it contibuted to the vulnerability of the interconnection system.

.Enigma
April 26th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Geeze. That's pretty crazy. o_o I can't imagine something like that happening in the United States.

MegaFuz
April 26th, 2007, 07:57 PM
Columbia is not a country... I think you're talking about Colombia. ._.

Rebels had been dynamiting a lot of electricity towers since last saturday, I read. They said it contibuted to the vulnerability of the interconnection system.

Yeah...about that. Apparently I can't spell today. =X

I read that rebels interfere with the electricity fairly frequently, but so far they had no sign that this specific incident was related to terrorism. It would make sense that it was related to the earlier attacks though. I don't know why else the entire country would suddenly lose electric.

Lt. Surge's Raichu
April 27th, 2007, 05:54 AM
I really don't hope something like that happens in Norway xD