Power was restored in Puerto Rico to half a million of the island’s 1.5 million customers on Wednesday, following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake along the island’s southwest coast on Jan. 7.

San Juan’s airport and cruise port, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and attractions and hotels in northern Puerto Rico are open and operating, according to Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

Dean advised travelers currently in Puerto Rico or those with upcoming travel plans to contact their travel providers, hotels and local businesses to inquire about operations that have been impacted. 

Some properties in Puerto Rico’s southern region that reported damage include Hotel Copamarina, Ponce Plaza, Hotel Guanica and Costa Bahia.

All power on the island was shut down Tuesday as a safety measure after the quake, which caused buildings to collapse along the southern coast, along with scores of injuries and one death.

More customers are expected to receive power during the day, an official with AEE Power Authority said in an interview with El Nuevo Dia newspaper.

He explained that unlike Hurricane Maria in 2017 when consumers lost service for months due to the collapse of transmission and distribution lines, the quake affected AEE’s ability to generate electricity.

Selective blackouts could occur until AEE’s operation is leveled with the energy demand.

Two tourism sites, Punta Ventana in Guayanilla and the Ruins Faro Punta Borinquen in Guanica, reported damage as well.


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