Puerto Rico Earthquake Knocks Out 30% of Cell Sites
Friday, January 10, 2020 | Comments

More than 30% of cell sites were down Jan. 8 in Puerto Rico following a 6.4 earthquake Jan. 7. By Jan. 9, the number of cell sites down had improved to 19.5%, according to data from the FCC.

No outages affected public-safety answering points (PSAPs), according to reports from the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), which was activated for Puerto Rico following the earthquakes.

The highest percentages of outages were reported in the southern central portion of the island. Villalba, Corozal, Yauco, Juana Diaz, Guayanilla and Quebradillas counties all reported more than 44% of outages as of Jan. 9.

The earthquakes knocked out Puerto Rico's Costa Sur plant and damaged other infrastructure. The plant supplied about one-quarter of Puerto Rico’s power, according to press reports. At least one death was reported.

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