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Coast Guard responds to 6.5 earthquake and ongoing seismic activity in Puerto Rico

Coast Guard helicopter crews conducted cliff and vertical surface rescue training Sept. 15, 2016, near Air Station Borinquen, 200 feet above Survivor Beach, in Aguadilla, as part of crew certification requirements to conduct search and rescue operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Earthquake Puerto Rico
Archive image: Coast Guard helicopter crews conducted cliff and vertical surface rescue training Sept. 15, 2016, near Air Station Borinquen, 200 feet above Survivor Beach, in Aguadilla, as part of crew certification requirements to conduct search and rescue operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Matt Udkow, Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard is responding to a 6.5 magnitude earthquake and seismic activity registered Tuesday off the south and southwest coasts of Puerto Rico.

All the ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. 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 Station San Juan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat sits in a cradle out of the water Aug. 28, 2019 in preparation for Tropical Storm Dorian making land fall in Puerto Rico. Earthquake Puerto Rico
Archive image: a Coast Guard Station San Juan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat sits in a cradle out of the water Aug. 28, 2019 in preparation for Tropical Storm Dorian making land fall in Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard prestages and relocates assets for storm avoidance to be able to have a rapid post-storm response.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally.

Coast Guard port assessment teams are visiting al 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.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba prepares to untie an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico. Earthquake Puerto Rico
Archive image: the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba prepares to untie an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico. The helicopter crew was deployed aboard the Escanaba for 15 out of the 63 days the crew aboard the Escanaba was on patrol for.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo

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