Puerto Rico's Blackout Is Now the Second-Worst in History

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If you look at the number of hours customers lost access to electricity stemming from a single event, the disruption from Hurricane Maria has been massive.

(via Quartz)

Hurricane Maria has caused mayhem in Puerto Rico. It’s the worst natural disaster in the island’s history, with more than $90 billion in damages. Many thousands still have no access to electricity or clean water, more than 200 days after the hurricane hit.

In a new analysis, research firm Rhodium Group estimates that Puerto Rico’s blackout is now the world’s second-worst on record, and the worst in U.S. history. To come to this conclusion, the firm calculated the number of hours customers lost access to electricity stemming from a single event. Although it’s not a definitive ranking, the length of Puerto Rico’s blackout, combined with the island’s high population density, make it a leading candidate for an award nobody wants to win.

Akshat Rathi is a London-based reporter for Quartz, were this article was originally published.

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