Puerto Rico Hit by 6.0-Magnitude Quake After Week of Tremblors

January 11, 2020 - 11:17 am

After a week of shocks that left the island stunned, Puerto Rico was hit by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday morning.

The quake occurred at 9 a.m. local time, reports NBC News.

The incident inflicted further damage to schools and homes along the southern coast already collapsed from earthquakes earlier this week.

The most devastating of these was a Tuesday earthquake with a 6.4 magnitude, the biggest the island has seen in a century.

The Tuesday shock came one day after a 5.8-magnitude quake, and was immediately followed by several aftershocks, including a 6.0 tremor three hours later.

Saturday morning’s earthquake left 5,000 residents without power, according to the island’s power authority.

Earlier this week, emergency personnel were dispatched to check the island’s electrical plants along the southern coast. Residents fear that the power grid is still fragile after Hurricane Maria in 2017, which caused power outages in 80% of the island that were not fully restored for almost 11 months.

Since the new year, hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks have occurred on the island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico occurred in October of 1918. The earthquake struck the northeast coast of the island, had a magnitude of 7.3, and caused a tsunami. 116 people died as a result.

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