Electric Supply Has Been Restored for 98 Percent of UsersBy Antonio Trujillo | Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:12
Over a million users have been left without electricity in the wake of the 7.1 earthquake registered last Tuesday night. Nevertheless, 98 percent of the system is back up online, reports the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
Mexico City and neighboring states are known for seismic activity and last Tuesday’s quake was no exception. . Users in the states of Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Mexico City had their electric system go offline as the quake, registered at about 20:47, took place.
“The Federal Electricity Commission, in accordance with its protocols for emergency response, immediately undertook electrical supply reestablishing activities to users affected by the quake,” the company said in a statement. The organism also announced that they were patrolling the electric infrastructure in order to assess damages and avoid any further risks for the users.
CFE’s data on the aftermath revealed that only in Mexico City, a little more than 920,000 users were affected, representing about 27.5 percent of total users; in all, 13 percent of all CFE users were hit. Furthermore, the states of Morelos (11,000 affected), Oaxaca (44,000 affected), and State of Mexico (520 affected) have completely restored supply to normalcy and none of the states suffered considerable damages to neither human life nor property and infrastructure. In total, 98 percent of all affected users have seen their lights turned on again. Nonetheless, CFE will keep a close eye on the system and the grid and will continue to work alongside the National System of Civil Protection to repair and restore.
The National Seismological Service of Mexico has informed that the epicenter was located southwest of Acapulco, Guerrero at 20:40. Over 150 aftershocks have been reported so far. The governor of the state of Guerrero Héctor Astudillo announced only one person had been reported dead following the earthquake and President López Obrador reported no damages.
In addition, SEMAR has released two separate bulletins from the Tsunami Warning Center (CAT), an informative one and a warning one; anomalies of up to 80cm above sea level are expected close to the region of origin. A full-blown tsunami is not expected, according to information by CAT as announced by Astudillo. Civil Protection has warned the population against lighting up candles before checking for gas leaks and using the phone lines other than for emergencies.