6.5 quake jolts Eastern Visayas

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Earthquake - 2km ENE of Canhandugan, Philippines - Magnitude 6.9 - @USGS
Earthquake - 2km ENE of Canhandugan, Philippines - Magnitude 6.9 - @USGS

by BiliranIsland.com Staff
Published 4:40 PM, July 6, 2017
Updated 8:00 PM July 14, 2017

Power restored in some areas in Biliran

8 AM July 14, 2017

According to Bileco OIC GM Oledan, electricity returns to Biliran this day.

DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi: By July 31, we will have the full restoration of power.

8 PM 10 July 2017

NGCP cannot tell yet when the electricity will be restored in Leyte, Samar, Tacloban, Bohol and Biliran.

NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 7PM, 10 July 2017 

As of 6PM, testing is on-going at NGCP’s Ormoc Substation. Testing was halted several times due to continuing rains and aftershocks. Apart from ensuring the safety of the linemen, high voltage equipment for repair are highly sensitive to motion and moisture brought by unfavorable weather conditions. 

No further updates from previous advisory posted at 3PM today. 

NGCP assures the public that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide more updates as new information is available.
NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 3PM, 10 July 2017 

As of 3PM, testing has resumed at NGCP’s Ormoc Substation. Testing was temporarily halted first by heavy rains and again by strong aftershock felt in the area. 

No further updates from previous advisory posted at 10AM today. 

NGCP assures the public that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide more updates as new information is available.
NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 10AM, 10 July 2017 

As of 10AM, testing has resumed at NGCP’s Ormoc Substation. Testing was temporarily halted yesterday night due to heavy rainfall in the area. Once testing is successful, power will be able to flow through the Tabango-Ormoc bypass line, which will allow Samar, Leyte, Biliran, and Bohol to receive power from Cebu.

NGCP’s Ormoc-Togonon 138kV Line is ready to receive power from the Tongonan Plant as soon as supply becomes available. 

NGCP assures the public that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide more updates as new information is available.

NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 10AM, 9 July 2017 

As of 10AM, testing is currently ongoing at NGCP’s Ormoc Substation before allowing power to flow through the Tabango-Ormoc bypass line, which was completed yesterday. Once testing is successful, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, and Bohol will receive power from Cebu.

No further updates from previous advisory posted at 3AM today. 

NGCP assures the public that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide more updates as new information is available.

NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 10AM, 08 July 2017

As of 10AM, areas serviced by Bohol Light Company, Inc. (BLCI) including Tagbilaran City are currently receiving supply generated by Bohol Diesel Power Plant.

NGCP continues to work on a bypass line to connect the Tabango Substation to Ormoc Substation. Once the connection is established, power from Cebu will be able to flow to Ormoc substation, and power will be restored in Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Samar. The connection of the two substations will be completed by Monday.

Samar Island, Biliran, Southern Leyte, parts of Leyte, and parts of Bohol remain without power.

Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) were reported to have gone in shutdown this morning. This, plus the outage of power plants in Leyte may cause customers in Cebu, Negros, and Panay to experience occasional power interruptions. Power generation from solar plants in the region may be able to produce sufficient supply during the daytime.

NGCP assures the public that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide more updates as new information is available.

LEYECO V power update

LEYECO V’s Tambis, Tabango sub-station is currently being fed by NGCP’s Cebu-Leyte submarine cable. Originally, Tambis sub-station only supplies power to municipalities of Tabango, San Isidro and Villaba but as of this time, it is being extended to Calubian, Leyte, Leyte, Matag-ob, Kananga and soon to Palompon, Leyte. Consumers in the aforementioned areas may experience low voltage so we advise to conserve power to avoid rotational brown out. Please minimize the use of electricity during day time and use only necessary lights and appliances at night time. Avoid using air conditioning units, freezers, rice cookers, electric irons and other energy-hungry appliances at this time.

Meanwhile, NGCP is currently creating a bypass line to connect the Tabango Sub-station to Ormoc Sub-station. Once the connection is established, power from Cebu will be able to flow to Ormoc substation, and power will be restored in Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Samar.

Our power supply is not yet in a normal state so we are anticipating your utmost cooperation.

Thank you!

Update as of 9:00 AM July 7, 2017:

9 AM BILECO OIC General Manager Gerardo N. Oledan said that NGCP is still conducting line patrol. Once the 69KV line is available, they will immediately restore power in Biliran Province.

Biliran Mayor Grace Casil suspends classes in all levels today, Friday, July 7, to ensure safety of schoolchildren due to cracks found in some schools and due to heavy rains in Biliran town. #WalangPasok

NGCP Earthquake Advisory as of 6AM, 07 July 2017.

No significant devopment since last advisory was issued at 2AM, which follows, for reference:

As of 2AM, NGCP is still assessing the extent of the damage brought about by the earthquake which occurred at 4:03PM on July 6. The earthquake caused island-wide blackouts in Samar, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and parts of Northern Leyte.

NGCP’s Cebu-Leyte submarine cable, and its Tabango Substation in Leyte continue to transmit power to LEYECO V, serving the municipalities of Tabango, San Isidro, and Villaba.

Due to supply deficiency caused by the outage of power plants located in Leyte, customers in Cebu, Negros, and Panay may also suffer occasional power interruptions.

Aerial and foot inspection and restoration of lines in the affected areas will be in full swing as soon as the situation allows.

Power Update as of 6:21 PM July 6, 2017:

NGCP – Based on initial findings, a fault was found within the plant in Milagro substation, Ormoc and the team has identified damages in the transmission facilities as an aftermath of the strong quake in Leyte. Chance of power restoration tonight is remote.

NAVAL, Biliran – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Leyte on Thursday afternoon, July 6, at 4:03 pm, according to PHIVOLCS.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located at Candahungan, Jaro, Leyte based on data from Phivolcs.

No damage to infrastructure and properties, and no casualties were reported as of the moment.

However, the entire Biliran province is now in total blackout.

21km SW of Tacloban City – Magnitude 6.5 –
Intensity I – Roxas City; La Carlota City; Neg. Occ
21km SW of Tacloban City – Magnitude 6.5 –
Intensity II – Libjo, San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands
21km SW of Tacloban City – Magnitude 6.5 –
Intensity III – Bogo City, Cebu; Calatrava, Negros Occidental
21km SW of Tacloban City – Magnitude 6.5 –
Intensity IV – Tolosa, Leyte; Sagay City, Negros Occidental; Burgos,… –
21km SW of Tacloban City – Magnitude 6.5 – Intensity V – Tacloban City; Palo, Leyte; Cebu City

6.5 M Earthquake in Leyte
6.5 M Earthquake in Leyte
According to Phivolcs, there is no tsunami threat relative to the quake.

UPDATE SA LINOG. Magnitude 6.5 ang nasinati kaganina nga linog ug ang epicenter niini anaa sa Jaro, Leyte.
UPDATE SA LINOG.
Magnitude 6.5 ang nasinati kaganina nga linog ug ang epicenter niini anaa sa Jaro, Leyte.
UPDATE 9:26 AM July 7, 2017:

Aftershocks continue to jolt Leyte
 

NGCP Advisory
NGCP Advisory
Power restoration still uncertain.

– BiliranIsland.com 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Its long overdue for Biliran Province to have its own Power Supply. They have been talking about it for 30 years that I know of, but only the past couple of years show something is being done. Blackouts again because the electric supply companies wont build Typhoon and Earthquake proof structures in the first place. We now have the Solar panel system just outside Biliran township, so why dont they connect to that in our emergency, or use that together with the Geo Thermal when it starts?

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