South Australia, a state with a population of about 1.7 million, was hit by a massive storm system on Wednesday. The entire region went without power for much of the day as a result.
Earlier this week, a fire at a power plant in Puerto Rico set off a series of failures across the island’s aging electrical grid. These before-and-after pics from space show what it looks like when 1.5 million customers suddenly lose power.
Can you figure out what we’re looking at in this image? Neither can I, because it’s dark and horror-inducing, like something out of a weird, terrible snuff film.
The electricity grid seems like an infallible force, and it's really wonderfully reliable—until for whatever reason it lets you down. When the lights go out for more than 24 hours, a healthy charge might be your only way to contact the world outside the darkness.
It's difficult to comprehend the scope of the current power-outs affecting a sizeable portion of the Washington D.C. area, but recent space-based photographs provided by NASA are offering a startling glimpse into the scale of the outages.
Yesterday, a sweeping power outage left six million people without power in the Southwest—including a huge swath of San Diegans. The result? An Emerald City that shined in patches, not flares. And it's actually kind of beautiful.