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Earthquake triggers blackout

An earthquake in Leyte caused a major blackout in the Visayas area. The earthquake hit about 10AM in the morning. Leyte has some of the major power plants in the Visayas. A geothermal plant in Tongonan, Leyte was affected shutting down power to some of the major cities in the Philippines.

The earthquake was said to have a magnitude of 3. The total damage of as a result of the intesity 3 earthquake is yet to be determined. A few months ago, Leyte was also hit by a landslide burying a whole village and killing thousands. No lives lost where reported after the earthquake hit.

Reports say that electricity for the affected areas will take up to three days to restore. But a few hours after the blackout, power came back to some areas in Cebu.

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