A failure of unknown origin in the Central American electricity grid generated a

total blackout in Honduras and Nicaragua

this Wednesday

,

reported the

Operator of the Regional Electricity Market,

based in

San Salvador.

The source said in a brief statement that at 1:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT) there was a "regional power failure" in the Central American electricity system, for which a

"state of emergency"

was declared

.

He added that there was an "opening of regional electrical interconnections causing a total blackout in Honduras and Nicaragua, leaving only the areas of

Costa Rica

and

Panama

interconnected

."

He added that a

2,400 MW

demand is registered

,

which is equivalent to 30% of the computed demand before the failure, which amounted to

8,300 MW.

The operating entity maintained that "the causes and origin of the electrical failure" that generated the blackout and affected some areas of

Guatemala

and

El Salvador

"are still unknown."

According to Efe, the electricity service in Honduras has not been restored and in the Nicaraguan capital it was restored around 2.30 pm local time.

In Nicaragua, the service has been gradually restored in some of the 153 municipalities starting at 2:20 p.m. (20:20 GMT), as reported by residents on their social networks.

For their part, the authorities of the state National Electric Power Company (ENEE) of Honduras estimate that it will take two or three hours to restore the flow.

A failure in the regional electricity system caused a total blackout in Nicaragua on June 9 and a partial blackout in the rest of Central American countries, which lasted for more than three hours.

Nicaraguan authorities attributed the blackout to a fault between

Mexico

and Guatemala.

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