The effects of the sudden hit of earthquake in Leyte has caused multiple power interruptions in various parts of the Visayas. According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), areas from Negros, Cebu and Panay islands had these multiple power interruptions due to the lack of power supply by the outage of power plants in the island of Leyte.
The earthquake that hit Leyte was felt on the afternoon of July 6. Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) said that the earthquake measured to 6.5 magnitude in the first hit and 3.8 on the following aftershock. There are not fatalities being reported yet after the disaster, however, various minor injuries are being attained to by medical assistance and hospital authorities.
According to the president of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and COO Richard Tantoco, initial reports from our Leyte plant have all employees accounted for, with some reporting minor injuries.
“We are aware or news reports of plant damage and are currently awaiting further assessments on the state of our physical assets to determine the exact nature of any damage to our plants,” he added.
The earthquake has caused destruction in various mountain of Ormoc and Canhadugan. One of the most affected area of the earthquake is the power supply of Leyte located in Ormoc. Three High voltage was damaged causing the deficient supply of power in Leyte and near-by areas.
To help the victims of the earthquake, geothermal and power supplying offices “shared” their power supply of various Visayan islands including Negros (by NORECO), Cebu and Panay islands. The so-called power interruption or black out first occurred in Dumaguete around 6 o’clock in the evening.