MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) has activated the Task Force Energy Resiliency (TFER) after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Luzon past 5 p.m. Monday.
Citing a report from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the energy department said in a statement that power interruptions took place in Pangasinan, Pampanga, La Union, and Bataan.
“The provinces of Quezon, Batangas, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon were also affected but have already been restored,” it said.
DOE explained that “in the event that the affected facilities and capacities will be unable to come online, the occurrence of power outages is probable”.
“Situation updates on the status of energy facilities will be released as soon as the information becomes available. Rest assured that the entire energy family will keep the public properly informed on the matter,” it added.
In a text message to mobile phone users in the country, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said a 5.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at Castillejos, Zambales at around 5:11 pm Monday that was later elevated to 6.1 by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
It said damages and aftershocks are expected, thus, it advised the public to ensure their safety. (PNA)