Listen: Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid
"Scape in South America, a massive power grid serves Argentina and neighboring or Aguire, as well as parts of Paraguay tens of millions of people rely on that grid until Sunday morning, when they could not the grid crashed much of three countries went dark, and peers, Philip Greaves has been covering this story from Rio de Janeiro Philip. Hi, how did this unfold? Well, it started stated at around seven in the morning people wake woke up for, you know what the hoped would be a nice peaceful Sunday to discover the power's out across almost all of Argentine, which is the second largest country in this region. And also in parts of neighboring Odaguard paddock y which get mentioned from the grid impact would have been a lot worse than a working day, but big cuts, always very serious, so trains running water supplies. Disrupted gas stations couldn't pump gas long lines at those stations that that could phones and the internet would disrupted, it happened on the day in Argentina and positive gubernatorial, elections, these actually still went ahead, but people to use that cell phones, give themselves enough light to vote by happened on Father's Day, when people have to go out for Sunday launch but had to cancel because, you know, restaurants and businesses shut. It took all day to get the lights completely back on. They are now back on. But people have a lot of questions about what precisely happened and what's going on in the region images of people in the darkened voting booths doing. They're doing their business there. I'm just thinking about the reminder of how wide spread electric has hospitals, I suppose might have backup generators. Maybe maybe not. I mean, people could be killed in a situation like this is there, any sense of what caused it. Well, we know that's true from Venezuela. Whether it was a huge cut recently. But in Argentina Odaguard not hearing that hospitals in that kind of crisis. They generate is working as to the ports. Now officials are saying that this was a failure in the grids into into connection system Chapman in the northeast between two big installations, and then triggered this unprecedented chain-reaction. They don't think. By the way, that this was a cyber attack, or any other kind of sabotage, but they don't exactly know what happened yet. They could be a couple of weeks before they do. We do know that the great and the infrastructure is not good shape. How are people responding to this to this odd Sunday? Very angry. Obviously, I mean, in Argentina that already facing really very hot times inflation, there is among the highest in the world, the economy's, you know, boom and bust economy. That's right now it's such a mess. The government very controversial decided to sign onto this huge fifty-six billion dollar bailout, their strikes and protests of president money Macanese of steady program regularly. And right now Steve is very highly charged political environment. I mean, even more highly charged than usual because presidential elections coming up in October macrey fighting to keep his job in the face of a remarkable resurgence by the foam president Cristina. Kushner, who's running with a full mechanic chief chief this time in a ticket to be vice president despite stack of corruption charges against plenty of debate come on who can keep the lights on Philip. Thanks so much. You're welcome. NPR's"