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Puerto Rico Endures Country-Wide Blackout

Hurricane Maria’s magnitude still ripples throughout Puerto Rico. After the country made strides to regain power, it has experienced yet another blackout that’ll take nearly 36 hours to reinstate, Buzzfeed reports. The origin stemmed from an excavator’s connection with a power line that caused the major electrical blowout.

This incident was marked as the “second-largest blackout,” CNN reports. The last outage, that occurred a week ago, affected 870,000 residents. Despite this incident, the U.S. territory continues its fight for restored electricity and even gained support and outcry from social media users.

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, with a Category 5 impact that shattered homes, potentially contaminated groundwater, and forced a wave of schools to close its doors. PR’s education secretary, Julia Keleher, said the country’s education personnel will have to go back to the drawing board to draft a new plan of action.

“We know it’s a difficult and painful process,” Keleher said. “For this reason, we’ve done it in the most sensible way taking in consideration all the elements that could impact the daily lives of some families and the school communities in general.”

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