By MB Online

Train operations have been suspended Monday following the magnitude 5.7 earthquake which struck Zambales.

061018 MRT 06 BALMORES - Train operations suspended after 5.7-quake

(MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit Line 2 operations were suspended at 5:50 pm and 5:18 pm at MRT3 and LRT2, respectively.

LRTA Board Secretary and Spokesperson, Hernando T. Cabrera, said LRT2 will no longer resume operations tonight.

“All stations are closed for passenger entry, pending inspection and assessment of all facilities and systems due to strong earthquake,” Cabrera tweeted.

“For the safety of everyone, a more thorough inspection shall be conducted to ensure the integrity of LRT2 structures and systems. LRT2 will resume operations tomorrow at 4:30 in the morning,” he added.

The operations of Metro Rail Transit-3 on the other hand were suspended until Tuesday morning, following the quake that hit Metro Manila Monday afternoon.

“Operations will no longer resume today since the quake is quite strong,” Engr. Michael Capati, director for operations of MRT-3, said in an interview with radio DZMM.

“We already formed, as an SOP (standard operating procedures), a team to check the facilities – both structures and trains,” Capati said.

He added that there is no problem with the power that supplies the trains.

Capati explained that whenever an emergency or a natural disaster has occurred, all trains are instructed to go to the nearest station and will be on standby.

“A while ago, we already stopped (the trains) while the passengers disembarked the trains orderly around 5:50,” he said.

“So far, based on the visual checking of the stations, there were no reports of damages. But we still have to check on it,” Capati said.

Meanwhile, LRT-1 also suspended their operations because of the earthquake.  They made their announcement via Twitter.

“In the interest of passenger safety, LRT-1 is temporarily suspending its operations for the whole line (Roosevelt-Baclaran). Passengers are requested to remain calm and be mindful of their and their fellow passengers’ safety while disembarking at the stations,” the Twitter post read.

 

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