Massive power outage hits several Central American countries
The outage was caused by an overload in the Central American Transmission System in Panama on Saturday, reported the Tico Times.
Countries affected by the outage included Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and parts of southern Mexico.
The countries are all on the same power grid, which extends approximately 1,130 miles between Panama and Guatemala.
In Panama, the outage took effect while Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela was giving a speech to the country's legislature.
In Costa Rica, 1.4 million homes and businesses were without power for five hours.
Most traffic lights across the nation were down and police officers directed traffic throughout the nation's capital, San Jose.
There were 71 reported accidents across the country during the power outage.
The outage was so vast across Costa Rica that all of its power plants lost power for hours at a time. ■