Numerous electrical sub-stations EXPLODED in Venezuela Saturday as the failed Socialist state tried to restore electricity from a blackout which has now gone on for over forty (40) hours.
The photos and video below show the Sido Substation completely engulfed in flames:
UPDATE 1:39 PM EST --
A SECOND large electrical sub-station has now exploded in Venezuela and is burning ferociously:
Over 100 people in hospitals are now reported to have died from the power blackout, as their respirators had no electric to help them breathe.
Venezuela's entire Aluminum production industry is DESTROYED. Plants which melt the raw aluminum to be poured into casts, lost power and could not dump the molten metal. As the metal cooled, it cracked the smelting vats; which are now just giant hunks of metal that can no longer be used for anything.
This is permanent destruction of a major industry in Venezuela. They have no hope at all of recovering without external help. Since economic sanctions prevent such help, Venezuela is unable to bring that industry back online.
UPDATE 3:20 PM EST --
If you can imagine what an EMP attack would be like, this is it.
In Venezuela the phones don't work.
The ATMs and banks don't work, so there is no access to money.
The internet doesn't work.
The refrigerators don't work, so the food is spoiling.
The subways don't work, so there is no going to one's job.
The generators are failing at hospitals as staff struggle to keep them going and the patients are already dying. Respirators stopped working and those who needed them to breathe have died. The preemies (infants born early) lost their incubators.
Nobody can get the doctors on the phone.
The transport isn't working, and food is running out.
The water isn't pumping, no water from the faucet. Too bad if you get thirsty.
The schools are all closed.
Much of the staff with the expertise to fix the system have long ago fled the country.
The money that could be used to hire someone from the U.S. or someplace similar, to make the repairs, has been stolen.
These reports describe the terrible conditions in just Caracas — in the rest of the country, the situation is reportedly far, far worse. And yes, the result looks as though it's going to be famine.
IT CAN HAPPEN HERE . . .
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What is taking place in Venezuela can happen here. Sure, it's less likely since, under our system of Capitalism, companies INVEST in infrastructure to keep their systems running. But . . . it CAN happen here. If it does, where does that leave you?
Think about it. Do you have a generator to keep the food in your refrigerator from going bad?
Do you have spare fuel for that generator or for your personal car/truck?
Do you have shelf-stable EMERGENCY FOOD to use once your refrigerator is empty?
Do you have EMERGENCY WATER stored anywhere?
Do you even have a cheap gravity water filter so if you have to get water from a river or stream, you can filter it to drink?
Do you have a barbecue grill or propane grill to cook on if regular systems all go down? Do you have a spare tank of propane for the grill?
These are not wild-eyed notions of Armageddon; it is happening RIGHT NOW in the entire country of Venezuela!
For over a year, this web site has suggested "preps" for folks to acquire so as to be able to survive in an emergency. Few took that advice to heart.
Now that people of an entire country are without electric, without fuel, without ATM's or banks for cash, without the use of credit cards, without flowing water to drink or cook with . . . a slew of them are already DYING!
Is that the fate you would choose for yourself and your family? On your gravestone, will it say: "Here lies so and so . . . who died because he ignored the warnings."
BELOW IS A LIST OF SUGGESTED "PREPS" Get the things you can afford. Save-up for the things you can't. But for Goodness Sake, DO SOMETHING to prepare.
UPDATE 4:53 AM EST SUNDAY --
A THIRD Electric Sub-Station EXPLODED overnight in Venezuela. Around 11:00 PM Venezuela time, the Los Farallones substation in the city of Bolivar, was destroyed as seen in the video below: