Massive Blackout Hits Brazil. Sí£o Paulo, Rio, 5 Other States in the Dark

Blackout in Sã Paulo A massive blackout has hit Brazil this Tuesday night, November 10, around 10:15 pm, after hydroelectric Itaipu, the biggest one in the world, malfunctioned stopping the transmission of 17,000 megawatts of power to Brazilian and Paraguayan users. 

The problem affected the metropolitan area of São Paulo, the most populated area of the country as well as the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espí­rito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso and Goiás, in southeastern and Midwestern Brazil.

According to  information from CBN radio, Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry was informed about the power cut and was trying to find how and why it happened.

Rio de Janeiro had heavy traffic jams at Linha Amarela and Avenida Brasil, among other arteries, due to the lack of working traffic lights. Resident were also unable to use electric appliance and TV sets, refrigerators and air conditionings stop working.

In the aftermath of the blackout energy companies didn't have any explanation for the power snafu. Several Internet sites, including some news sites went off the air.

Eletropaulo, the São Paulo power distributor with about 6 million customers, noted that the power failure "was a national problem that is being taken care of".

In Itaipu, one of the directors of the Itaipu complex said the trouble could have been the result of an error made by people inside the hydroelectric plant.

Brazil's Aneel, the National Agency of Electric power informed that it didn't know the cause of the problem and that it would announce its position as soon as it got official information.

In São Paulo, the Traffic Engineering Company (CET) told reporters that it had its hands full trying to organize the traffic in the city since traffic lights were not  working. The Metro (subway) and the São Paulo Trains company stopped working, halted in their tracks.

According to Brazil's Minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobão, the most likely cause for the blackout was a heavy storm, which triggered the total shutting off of Itaipu.

The sudden reduction in energy then caused, in a domino effect, the shutdown of other lines connected to Brazil's National Integrated System for distribution of power.

Lobão informed that technicians had promised energy supply would go back to normal in a few hours, but he didn't expect to know the real cause of the blackout before Wednesday.

The president of Itaipu, Jorge Samek, said at the end of the day that he was 99% sure that a storm with heavy winds had been the cause for the blackout. Said he:

"In Foz do Iguaçu we had today heavy rains that knocked down trees of 40, 50 years, as if they were beach parasols." Itaipu, he explained, is responsible for 20% of Brazil's energy making it hard for other power plants to compensate when a shutdown like this occurs.


  • Show Comments (13)

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]Actually, he was electrocuted using an electrical device in his posterior.[/quote]

    Probably that electrical device was made in China and the instruction manual was written in Chinese. Mah poor friend could have mistaken 1200 Volts for 12 V. What a pity. We couldn’t get him, nor the Frogs,nor the Ruskies . But the Chinese got him eventually. 😥

    Ah want ya all to convey mah condolences to his relatives, friends,mistresses and numerous illegitimate kids he leaves behind.

    May his rich soul RIP.The planet will never be the same without him.

  • Leo Bonneville

    Actually, he was electrocuted using an electrical device in his posterior. I was with him when this happened[/quote]

    Hey! I was there too. Don’t you remember who was tickling you with the pink feather? :-*

  • twink boyfriend of costinha

    [quote]Do ya all think that mah friend Costinha was electrocuted while trying to fix the problems with the Transmission lines?[/quote]

    Actually, he was electrocuted using an electrical device in his posterior. I was with him when this happened.

  • Double-Dot

    Do ya all think that mah friend Costinha was electrocuted while trying to fix the problems with the Transmission lines? 😥

  • USA_Male

    Or rob and steal….just as usual !
    also as usual in the boardrooms in those fancy banking buildings in Zurich.

  • PTRio

    “I even told my friends, these things dont happen in the US!!!!!!”

    Were you aware that the largest power outage EVER (New York and Eastern US) had its anniversary just the day before this outage occurred? On the other hand, I have lived in Rio for over 4 years now and fully expected frequent outages due to thunderstorms, etc, but this was the first time I was able to use all those candles and flashlights I have been keeping around. And, it was one of the quietest nights ever here.

  • ch.c.

    dnbaiacu “In Brazil, it’s like,, we can rest now. or party.”
    Or rob and steal….just as usual !

  • USA_Male

    these things dont happen in the US!!!!!!
    That’s bull crap Barbara. What channel were watching when you were living in states? Disney channel and CNN? I live in South Florida where we have blackouts often. Why? We have lousy government florida powerline company who only cares about collecting money for their bonusses, rather than investing in the infrastructure. in California it’s even worse where it’s happen more than here in S.FLA. Why? Cali is way to busy with it’s luntatic ideas by “going green” while it cannot afford to upgrade it’s’s BROKE/BANKRUPT, the golden state where government workers get IOU’s..sounds like Argentina to me. but do you hear that on the news?’s simply not important or The liberal media prefers to show news how great Obama’s stimulus package works. They are just showing Rio now because it’s in the spotlight for the olympics. Looks like some still cannot get over that they lost to a developing nation. The sad part is, rather than taking care of own business, they are to busy with other’s problem

  • dnbaiacu

    [quote] I came back with so much negativity and I am now learning a lot from my own culture. I say we mix both worlds up!
    report abusevote downvote upVotes: 0 [/quote]

    I agree 🙂 LIghts out in Brazil is no big deal.. Especially depending on where you live. You just have fun with it. 😀 Whereas in the U.S you feel completely incapacitated. We are forced to actually have to interact and entertain “each other”. It becomes a state of emergency.
    In Brazil, it’s like,, we can rest now. 🙂 or party. 🙂

  • Barbara

    hello, everyone!

    I am brazilian, lived in the US for the last 8 years and recently returned to Brazil – 2months ago.

    There are things here that I find ridiculous, and others that I absolytely adore.

    When the power went off last night, it pissed me off! I even told my friends, these things dont happen in the US!!!!!!

    However,,, about 20mts go by and I started to notice some of the Brazilian beauty I used to hear about in the US: Nobody gave a shit!! Everyone was having a good time… kids were playing downstairs – yes, 10:30pm – the adults were having fun, everyone watching wha twas going on through the window…. I called one of my friends and he was cracking up locked in the elevator….

    anyway, i just wanted to share… I got a bit emotional, I must confess… I came back with so much negativity and I am now learning a lot from my own culture. I say we mix both worlds up!

  • Double-Dot

    Howdy, buddy.

    Do ya want me to call Oh-ba-ma and ask him to send some F-18s loaded with candles and air drop them over your village to light it up?

    God bless America

  • Zico

    The other day Lula described the relationship between Brasil and Paraguay as one of “father and son”. Looks like the “son” pulled the fuses from the house power box. Haha Lula. Negotiate now you dope.

  • USA_Male

    LOl..LUGO ATTACKS LULA..Pay more or I shut you down..

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