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Puerto Rico Earthquake Of 6.4 Magnitude Jolts Nation

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A strong earthquake  struck Northern Puerto Rico early Monday about 34 miles north of Hatillo municipality and caused minor damages including some power outages and floor cracks.  No injuries have been reported so far. The earthquake is one of the largest quakes to hit the U.S. territory in recent years.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was out at sea and estimated its magnitude to be about 6.4. The survey also revealed the quake went approximately 17 miles deep.

A geologist with Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, Gisela Baez Sanchez, said at least 70 aftershocks of 3.5 or more magnitude have since been reported.

People living along the coast reported cracked walls and floors, broken windows and  busted water lines. Authorities confirmed that power outages mostly occurred in the northern city of Bayamon which is next to Puerto’s capital of San Juan. Some people, however, reported buildings swaying in San Juan, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) from the epicenter of the quake.

The island’s government was criticized in the social media for not issuing a tsunami alert immediately after the quake. However, authorities have defended themselves saying they would have done so had there been risk of injuries.

According to Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency spokesman, Carlos Acevedo, many people called the emergency services but no injuries have been reported. As a result, the agency has not issued a tsunami alert yet since the damages have been minor.

“No one has required our services.” Carlos Acevedo said in a phone interview.

The last time Puerto Rico experienced an earthquake of a similar magnitude was in 1918 when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island and killed 116 people. In 2011, there was also a 5.4 magnitude quake that shook the island followed by another, occurring in Dec 2010.

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Of 6.4 Magnitude Jolts Nation
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  • Gisela de Jesis

    I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU GOT YOUR INFO FROM BUT WE FELT IT BUT NOTHING HAPPENED AND I SPOKE TO PEOPLE IN AGUADILLA…AND NOTHING HAPPENED. THE ONE FROM 3 YEARS AGO WAS STRONGER.

  • http://optimum.net john delano

    This could be foretelling of a much bigger earthquake.
    The danger is where it is. The very deep Puerto Rico Trench ,its landward side of the Trench is where the earthquake swarm is. The shelf, the land is sliding down to a deeper level, and a very large earthquake could follow. The comparison with the 2011 Japanese 9.0
    earthquake is identical.

  • http://optimum.net john delano

    This 6.4 earthquake is just the beginning. The PR trench off shore is very deep and the shelf offshore is sinking to a lower depth, it is collapsing. This new problem will make the final earthquake much larger. The coast at Hitillo will drop as much as 3-4 feet. The Tsunami will in my opinion follow and be much larger than the 1918 earthquake that hit further west in Porto Rico.
    I must admit that this landward side of the PR trench is similar to the area off Japan, the great 9.0 earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
    The usgs must be aware of this threat, because of the massive swarm of earthquakes ,is all on the downslope of the landward side of the PR trench.

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