Strongest Earthquake Yet Hits Puerto Rico
- January 7, 2020
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.