Puerto Rico jolted by 5.7 magnitude earthquake

Published on : Monday, January 6, 2020

Puerto Ricans were shaken by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, which was shaking the country for the past week and was the strongest to hit the U.S. territory.



According to the U.S. Geological Service the quake struck just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres and the officials mentioned that there was no tsunami threat.



In some parts of Puerto Rico there were power outages after the quake as per , Angel Vazquez, the emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce.



He said that this was the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on Dec. 28 and  lasted a long time.







So far injuries or structural damage were immediately reported and some residents mentioned of small landslides which led to the closure of roads along parts of Puerto Rico’s south coast.



A resident named Dr. Sindia Alvarado, who lives in the southern coastal town of Penuelas was petrified and said that her entire family woke up screaming and thought the house was going to crack in half.



From December 28th the flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico’s southern region began and quakes ranged in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. Pearlier quakes of lesser magnitudes in recent days have cracked homes and led to goods falling off supermarket shelves.

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