Around 5 p.m. EST yesterday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake centered 10 nautical miles south of Port Au Prince, Haiti. CGC Forward arrived off Port Au Prince this morning, equipped with a helicopter flight deck, satellite communications equipment, and the ability to provide coordination to military aircraft in the area. The CGC Mohawk, is scheduled to arrive this afternoon. Two Coast Guard C-130 airplanes from Air Station Clearwater are flying the coast of Western Haiti this morning providing damage assessments and searching for people in need of assistance. Two Coast Guard helicopters are also forward deployed in the area to provide rescue or other assistance as needed.
The President designated the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Raj Shah, to be the Unified Disaster Coordinator. United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) has activated a crisis action team to assess the situation and Department of State has implemented the Disaster Response Plan to support efforts in Haiti. Other Department of Homeland Security and U.S. assets are also responding.
UPDATE: Yesterday’s HAZMAT release in Morehead City, NC, has been mitigated. No damage or injuries were reported and no chemical entered the water. It is reported that a forklift accidentally penetrated nine drums on a pallet containing 18 drums of PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate) all encased in particle board and banded together. Approximately 3-5 pounds of PETN was released.
Adak Unified Command
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the responsible party have formed a Unified Command and are working with officials to mitigate and cleanup an oil spill that occurred on Monday in Adak at Adak Petroleum. The discharge came from an underground storage tank during offloading operations with a tank vessel. Approximately 3,400 barrels were released with about 1,000 gallons reaching the water.
Responders closed the locks on Helmet Creek to contain the oil and are recovering the oil from the water using absorbent boom as well as an oily water separator and vacuum trucks. Read more here.
Stay tuned to the Compass for updates and imagery as these situations unfold.