Last night, an explosion at a San Juan power plant regressed Puerto Rico's efforts to restore power to the island five months after Hurricane Maria struck a massive blow. Much of Northern Puerto Rico has suffered another blackout, including the capital city.
The island's Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage…
…It was not immediately known what caused Sunday's fire, which was quickly extinguished. Officials said the explosion knocked two other substations offline and caused a total loss of 400 megawatts worth of generation. (source)
But according to at least one Puerto Rican, we aren't getting the whole story from the media about these outages. A reader named Jennifer from Manati told me:
What the news ain't saying is that we actually had three power grids down. The first one was the Cambalache power station in Arecibo. This left the whole north area without power.
Then Palo Second station went down. This second power station connects power from the north to the capital.
Afterwards, we had an explosion in Monacillos. This one effected mayor hospitals, airport and capital.
For some reason the government and news want people to believe that everything is well and running that things are almost back to normal when that ain't the truth. All you have to do is visit cities outside from the metropolitan area to see the reality we are living.
And even worse, before this explosion, more than a million people were still without power from the Category 4 hurricane that struck the island on Sept. 20, 2017. They've been thrown back in time by a hundred years, with no power, no running water, and damaged homes.
This is a prime example of how disasters aren't just one-time occurrences. They're very often followed by subsequent disasters.
Think about it. Fires are often followed by floods which are followed by mudslides and sinkholes. (See California for reference.) The tsunami in Japan was followed by a nuclear plant disaster. Hurricane Harvey in Texas had storm surges and floods that caused a chemical plant to explode a few days later. Now, this already-stressed infrastructure has crumbled again under it's increasing demand.
Power has been restored to a few critical locations.
This is one situation in which living in a more populated area can benefit you. After last night's explosion, workers were quick to restore power to specific locations.