Failure of a major transmission line in Southern California has cut power to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico, and electricity could be out into Friday, utility officials say.
I'm thinking of my family in San Diego, but after experiencing some electrical failures in Rhode Island due to Hurricane Irene, it got me thinking of a new geographic reality. The way modern Americans live is entirely dependent on electrical energy that to experience a disruption is essentially the equivalent of a natural disaster. This speaks to the human-environmental interaction "theme" of geography since most Americans can't sustain their lives for more than 72 hours without electricity. We urbanites have detached ourselves from the land and "low-tech" to an alarming degree. We've created a sitatuation that leads to (un)natural disasters without our technological gadgets that have become our necessities.
Via Seth Dixon