Deadly earthquake rocks Puerto Rico, causing widespread power outage

a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Porto
Rico before dawn on Tuesday and was followed three hours later by an
aftershock measuring 6.0 they were the largest in a series of quakes that have
struck the US territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas
the mayor of the southern city of Ponce mayita Melendez tweeted that a 77 year
old man was killed she also told w AP a television that eight people were
injured Ponce is near the quakes epicenter Puerto Rico’s Power Authority
tweeted that one of the country’s main power plants which sits near the
epicenter had been damaged but officials expected to restore power to the island
later Tuesday the US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 4:24 a.m. just
south of the island at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers it initially gave the
magnitude as 6.6 but later adjusted it at 7:18 a.m. the magnitude 6.0
aftershock hit the same area people reported strong shaking and staff at a
local radio station said live on air that they were leaving their building
Victoire – o director of puerto rico’s seismic network told The Associated
Press he expects aftershocks to continue for some time a tsunami alert was
initially issued for Puerto Rico in the US Virgin Islands but was later
cancelled Puerto Rico’s governor Juan de Vasquez told station radio Isla she was
closing government offices for the day and urged citizens to remain calm and
not check damage to their homes until daylight
Albert Rodriguez who is from the southwest town of Granada said the
tsunami sirens went off before officials cancelled the alert he said there is
widespread damage in his neighborhood the road is cracked in the middle and it
lifted up he said the mayor of guanyin ela Nelson Torres told no to you no
radio station that the church in the public plaza of his town collapsed CBS
News correspondent David Beggan oude says he’s been told of damage in gwanak
and d Alko a south western city including the collapse of some homes
anivia caused main bridge Agence france-presse said people wrote
on social media that they were shaken awake by quakes force one woman tweeted
that she’d been wrenched from sleep and said everybody is awaken scared all
over a five point eight magnitude quake that struck early Monday morning
collapsed five homes in the southwest coastal town of gwanak and heavily
damaged dozens of others it also caused small landslides and power outages the
quake was followed by a string of smaller temblors the shaker collapsed a
coastal rock formation that had formed a sort of rounded window punta Ventana
that was a popular tourist draw in the southwest town of gwon ela residents in
the south of the island have been terrified to go into their homes for
fear that another quake will bring buildings down the flurry of quakes in
cuerto rico’s southern region began the night of Dec 28 Hui Fano told the AP
that shallow quakes were occurring along three faults in puerto rico’s southwest
region la has valle Montalvo point in the Guanyin ela Canyon he said the
quakes overall come as the north american plate in the Caribbean plate
squeezed puerto rico one of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit
puerto rico occurred in october 1918 a magnitude 7.3 that struck near the
islands north west coast unleashing a tsunami and killing 116 people

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