Strongest Earthquake Yet Hits Puerto Rico

by: - January 7, 2020
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UPDATE: Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Tuesday, El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported, after a series of earthquakes including one of magnitude 6.4 struck the Caribbean island.

CNN- A 6.4 magnitude earthquake and several other strong tremors rocked Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, just one day after a 5.8 magnitude quake shook the island, according to the US Geological Survey.

Power outages and damage to homes and buildings were reported near the island’s southern coast, though the extent wasn’t immediately clear.
The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m. local time (3:24 a.m. ET), centered just off Puerto RIco’s southern coast, about 6 miles south of Indios town, the USGS said. The mayor of Guayanilla, just north of Indios, reported damage to homes and a church. There were no immediate reports of injuries, Mayor Nelson Torres said in a phone interview with CNN affiliate WAPA.
Several other strong quakes followed, including a magnitude 6.0 temblor striking just south of Indios at 7:18 a.m. local time, USGS said.
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported widespread outages across the island after its power plants activated an auto protective mechanism following the earthquake.
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