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
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
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.