Mexico's energy infrastructure unscathed by quake

Monday, July 7, 2014

Power outages in Mexico's Chiapas state after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Monday have been resolved and the national grid was unaffected, according to state-owned power utility CFE.

The earthquake affected 15MW of distribution circuits in the Chiapas town of Tapachula and 21MW of generation capacity at the Cecilio del Valle hydroelectric plant, cutting power to over 14,000 consumers, CFE said.

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Power was restored an hour later, it said.

The Laguna Verde nuclear power station in Veracruz was unaffected, the director of the state's civil protection agency, Jonathan Pérez, was quoted as saying by local media.

Federal oil company Pemex's oil and gas installations across the country also survived the quake unscathed, he said.

The quake occurred at 6:23am local time with its epicenter 47km from Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, according to Mexico's seismological service (SSN).

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