MANILA – Most train services in the National Capital Region (NCR) resumed operations on Tuesday, about half an hour after a temporary suspension due to an earthquake.
In separate announcements at around 5 p.m., the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) have all announced the resumption of their operations.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR), which also announced a temporary suspension at around 4:30 p.m., is yet to announce a resumption of its operations.
Jackie Gorospe, communications chief at Light Rail Manila Corporation, the operator and maintenance provider of the LRT-1, said the temporary suspension allowed for a visual inspection as part of their safety procedure.
“There is an ongoing visual inspection before we get clearance to resume operations,” Gorospe said in a statement.
Both the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) —the LRT-2’s operator— and the MRT-3 have given similar reasons for their temporary suspension.
At around 4:23 p.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported a magnitude 5.9 earthquake at a depth of 79 kilometers, seven kilometers southeast of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro.
The earthquake was felt at varying intensities in NCR as well as neighboring regions such as Calabarzon. (PNA)