Puerto Rico Blackout 2016

Start Date

September 21, 2016

Overview

Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems across the island’s aging electrical grid. The event knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million customers.

Latest Updates

September 23, 2016
VIIRS Day-night band image of Puerto Rico acquired after the blackouts at at 2:31 a.m. local time (06:31 Universal Time) on September 22, 2016.
VIIRS Day-night band image of Puerto Rico acquired at 2:50 a.m. local time (06:50 Universal Time) on September 21, 2016. VIIRS Day-night band image of Puerto Rico acquired after the blackouts at at 2:31 a.m. local time (06:31 Universal Time) on September 22, 2016. Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems...