Following Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude Puerto Rico earthquake, Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency as a precaution, and to ensure resources such as FEMA and the National Guard are quickly deployed to assist those on the island who may need help, specifically in the southern region.
At least one person is dead and several more injured as a result of the earthquake. The series of tremors and earthquake activity has been occurring since late December.
Some properties in the southern region of the island have reported damage. These include Hotel Copamarina, Ponce Plaza, Hotel Guanica and Costa Bahia. Two tourism sites, Punta Ventana in Guayanilla and the Ruins of the Lighthouse in Guanica, reported damage as well. Punta Ventana, a famous stone arch, has crumbled as did a Guayanilla church.
Discover Puerto Rico reports that Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, the main airport on the island; the San Juan Cruise Port; the Ponce Cruise Port and Airport; the Puerto Rico Convention Center; as well as hotels and attractions in northern Puerto Rico were not directly affected.
Those going to and from Luis Munoz Marín International Airport should plan for additional time though.
Those clients who are on the island can be directed to the Department of Homeland Security’s guide to navigating earthquakes. Click here for the guide. It explains that one of the things an earthquake can cause is a tsunami.
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