Power could return in hours: Chilean official

14:21, March 15, 2010      

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People ride a bus during a blackout in Vina del Mar city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago, March 14, 2010. Cities throughout Chile were without power on Sunday evening due to a problem with one of the country's main power grids, according to witnesses and local media. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Power is expected to return to the regions affected by the massive power blackout that hit much of Chile Sunday night, a government minister said.

Power could be fully restored by midnight (0300 GMT), Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter told local radio.

Source: Xinhua
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