AFP: Home News Argentina, Uruguay restoring power after massive blackout17 June 2019 | 01:15 | FOCUS News Agency
At around 3:30 pm (1830 GMT), Argentina's Energy Minister Gustavo Lopetegui said services had been restored in 56 percent of the country.
In neighboring Uruguay, the state power company UTE said power had returned to three-quarters of the country.
The cut, which happened just after 7:00 am, also affected Paraguay, which reported short, localized losses of power.
It was the first time a power cut had affected the entirety of both Argentina, with a population of more than 44 million, and Uruguay, which has 3.4 million inhabitants.
"These are failures that occur (even) with diligence. The amazing thing is the chain of events that took place to cause the total disconnection," Lopetegui told a press conference.
He said the outage took place "automatically to protect the system."
"We don't have any more information right now on how it occurred. We're not ruling out any possibility, but a cyber attack is not among the main alternatives being considered."
Argentina's energy secretariat said the "interconnection system" had "collapsed," producing "a massive power cut" for which its generators had been unable to compensate, but that the causes had not been determined.
Sources from the official energy agency of Paraguay, which borders Argentina to the northeast, told AFP that cuts there had been "momentary."
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