Fallen coconut tree causes massive Mindanao blackout Print
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:05

By LIZA JOCSON

A fallen coconut tree caused the trip off that plunged almost half of Mindanao in darkness Sunday night.

According to Beth Ladaga, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Public Information Officer, heavy rains caused an eroded coconut tree to hit the conductors along the Abaga- Aurora 138 KV line in barangay San Vicente Kapatagan Lanao del Norte.

Minutes later, a cut conductor at the Agus 5 Shipyard caused the Agus 5-Aurora 138kv line to trip.

The two incidents affected at least seven electric cooperatives and shut off power in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and portions of Lanao del Norte.

Residents were preparing to go to sleep last Sunday when a blackout hit the entire city of Zamboanga.

The cause of the blackout was traced to the outage of the Baloi- Aurora 138-kv line at around 8:38pm and the Agus 5-Aurora 138 Kv line at 9:22 this evening.

The Baloi- Aurora 138KV line was re-energized at 2:52am while the Agus5-Aurora 138kv line was re-energized at 1:42am today.

This is the second time in less than a month that the affected areas experienced a massive power outage.

Last May 5, the same areas were affected by a blackout caused by the trip off of the two major lines.

The cause of the trip off was traced to maliciously planted trees which touched the electric conductors in Iligan city. (Liza Jocson)