NGCP: Power transmission services stable despite 4.5-M quake

LAOAG CITY — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) assured the public its power transmission services remain stable amidst a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that jolted Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces on Monday, December 9.

Lilibeth Gaydowen, Regional Information and Communications Officer of the NGCP said in a media advisory released early Tuesday that “the grid remains intact as there had been no reported power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in Northern Luzon.

Just after Capitol employees were headed home at 5:20 pm Monday, a sudden earth shaking located about 27 kilometers northwest of the city was felt at Intensity 4 in Laoag City, Pasuquin, Paoay and Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, based on the latest update of the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

Intensity III was also recorded in Vigan City and Sinait in Ilocos Sur, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and La Paz, Abra.

While expecting aftershocks, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos immediately issued a text advisory urging Ilocos residents to get out their homes or stay away from high-rise buildings as a precautionary measure.

Fishermen who were out in the sea were also advised to go back to the shoreline to stay safe.

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