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).
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.