Puerto Rico shocked by magnitude 5.9 earthquake inflicting additional injury to island

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A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, inflicting additional injury alongside the island’s southern coast, the place earlier current quakes have toppled properties and colleges.

The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the 8:54 a.m. (1254 GMT) quake hit Eight miles (13 kilometers) south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

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Puerto Rico’s Electrical Energy Authority mentioned outages have been reported throughout a lot of southern Puerto Rico and crews have been assessing doable injury at energy vegetation.

PUERTO RICO EARTHQUAKE, POWER OUTAGE SPURS STATE OF EMERGENCY, MANY SLEEP OUTSIDE AMID ‘UNCERTAINTY’

Bárbara Cruz, a prosecutor who was within the southern coastal metropolis of Ponce when the brand new quake hit, mentioned concrete particles hit the sidewalk as buildings continued to crumble.

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“Everyone is out on the street,” she mentioned.

There have been no speedy studies of accidents.

It was the strongest shake but since a magnitude 6.four quake — the strongest to hit the island in a century — struck earlier than daybreak on Tuesday, knocking out energy throughout Puerto Rico and leaving many with out water. Greater than 2,000 individuals stay in shelters, many afraid of returning to their properties, and others unable to due to intensive injury.

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PUERTO RICO EARTHQUAKE CAUSES POPULAR TOURIST ROCK FORMATION TO COLLAPSE

The Adripina Seda public school stands partially collapsed after an earthquake struck Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

The Adripina Seda public faculty stands partially collapsed after an earthquake struck Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.
(AP Picture/Carlos Giusti)

Tons of of quakes have shaken the island because the new yr, although most have been too slight to be felt.

NASA reported Friday that the quakes had moved the land in elements of southern Puerto Rico as a lot as 5.5 inches (14 centimeters), primarily based on satellite tv for pc pictures earlier than and after the temblors.

Víctor Huérfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Community, instructed The Related Press that he expects nonetheless extra aftershocks because of the most recent massive one.

“It’s going to re-energize an unstable situation,” he mentioned, including that seismologists are finding out which faults have been activated. “It’s a complex zone.”

This combo of two photos shows "Punta Ventana," or Window Point, in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on Jan. 27, 2019, top, before it fell, and after it fell on Jan. 6, 2020 due to an earthquake.

This combo of two images reveals “Punta Ventana,” or Window Level, in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on Jan. 27, 2019, high, earlier than it fell, and after it fell on Jan. 6, 2020 resulting from an earthquake.
(Edgar Gracia Portello by way of AP, high, and AP Picture by Jorge A Ramirez Portela, backside)

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Tons of of 1000’s of Puerto Ricans are nonetheless with out energy and water, and 1000’s are staying in shelters and sleeping on sidewalks since Tuesday’s earthquake. That temblor killed one particular person, injured 9 others and broken or destroyed a whole bunch of properties and several other colleges and companies within the island’s southwest area.

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