I was getting up a little later this morning, and was checking emails and facebook when I saw some status updates from friends in Puerto Rico about a big fire. So I went to the website of the the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día and read the headlines: A huge explosion at the oil / petrol refiniery, here in San Juan! I looked out the window and this is what I saw:
The explosion happened just after midnight but the fire will probably last for days, according to reports. I tried to find some information on maybe CNN or BBC News, but apparently Puerto Rico is a very small island and there are more important news for the international community. The Puerto Rican tv-channels are all focusing on the fire and explosion of course and I am keeping my fingers crossed that no fireman will be hurt fighting the flames.
The schools have been closed in some of the municipalities in the San Juan area and the Bacardi factory is closed for today. One big consequence of the fire might be petrol shortages for the Puerto Rican drivers – serious for a country so depending on cars! Apparently people have already headed to petrol stations to fill up, but the not-so-popular governor* has claimed that there is petrol for at least one week.
Update: CNN just mentioned the fire… and my brother sent this link about the fire (in English).
This afternoon I am working at the Book Fair again – I will write about it next week!
*) Last week there was a general strike in Puerto Rico and thousands of people demonstrated against the governor’s decision to cut 17,000 public jobs in a country with already very high unemployment…