US Coast Guard Responds to 6.5 Earthquake and Ongoing Seismic Activity in Puerto Rico

USCG 7th District seal. Source: US Coast Guard
USCG 7th District seal. Source: US Coast Guard


The US Coast Guard is responding to a 6.5 magnitude earthquake and seismic activity registered Tuesday, January 7, 2020, off the south and southwest coasts of Puerto Rico, which is a territory of the United States under watch by the US Coast Guard 7th District.

All the ports in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands remain open until further notice. Currently, there is no ongoing maritime search and rescue as a result of the registered seismic activity.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Air Station Borinquen have activated their Incident Management Teams, which remain in close communication with local and federal emergency management agencies to coordinate any requests for assistance.

Coast Guard port assessment teams are visiting all federal regulated maritime port facilities in Puerto Rico to assess any potential damage, especially in facilities in south and southwest coast of the island.

Coast Guard port assessment teams aboard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopters are also conducting overflight assessment to identify any potential signs of pollution in the water or damage to the port infrastructure and navigable waterways.

At this time no incidents of pollution have been reported to the Coast Guard.

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Source: US Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

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