— Adriano Mérola Marotta (@AdrianoMerola) July 22, 2019
Venezuelan information minister Jorge Rodrigues said an “electromagnetic attack caused the nationwide blackout” and power companies along with government officials, are in the process of restoring the nation’s power grid.
Back in March, the country experienced the most damaging rolling blackout in decades that brought the country,already devastated by an economic crisis, even closer to outright collapse.
“It terrifies me to think we are facing a national blackout again,” said Maria Luisa Rivero, a 45-year-old business owner from the city of Valencia, in the central state of Carabobo.
“The first thing I did was run to freeze my food so that it does not go bad like it did like the last time in March. It costs a lot to buy food just to lose it,” she said.
Wide spread blackout in Venezuela: States affected by the power failure: – Capital District, Anzoátegui, Aragua, Carabobo, Cojedes, Falcón, Guárico, Lara, Mérida, Miranda, Monagas, Táchira, Sucre, Vargas, Yaracuy, Zulia https://t.co/OAOOFyGl4g via @gabyarellanoVE #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/UkMxLKDUFJ
— Liveuamap World (@lumworld) July 22, 2019
Netblocks, a civil society group observing internet traffic around the world, sent out several alerts via Twitter starting around 5:45 pm est. about widespread power loss across Venezuela that disrupted the country’s internet.
The group said even state television, a key source of government propaganda, was brought offline.
Netblocks tweeted a photo of internet outage broken down by region:
Urgent: Nationwide power outage detected across #Venezuela;