by Nick Delgado
Guam - After initially reporting that the islandwide blackout on November 3 was due to systemic failures, the Guam Power Authority is now saying that not one, but two brown tree snakes are to blame for the mass power outage. GPA spokesman Art Perez says the full internal report shows that the snakes were crawling along the main power lines along Ypao Road in Tamuning that night, causing the initial fault.
Perez adds that it is not uncommon for these creatures to end up in areas that result in power outages. Perez, however, maintains it was the protective relay failure that occurred at the Tamuning substation that caused the line fault to persist affecting the entire islandwide power outage. Perez says GPA is working to install backup protective relay systems to another level of protection to prevent it from happening again.
He says the last time a snake played a role in an islandwide outage was in the mid-1990s.
Guam High School and surrounding homes at Naval Hospital have been evacuated after a bomb threat is called in Thursday afternoon. The threat specifically targeted the school. GPD and Navy police are sweeping the area with K-9 units. The Naval Base Guam Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit is standing by in the event anything is found. Guam Homeland Security officials say all measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and first responders involved.More >>
The Guam Department of Education was alerted to an image on social media that showed a screenshot of a Facebook post claiming to shoot up, “SHS.”More >>