Earthquake in South Puerto Rico damages homes, property on January 6, 2020, Monday

While this is tragic for those who lost their homes, most of Puerto Rico is business as usual, as the area where the earthquake hit hardest is sparsely populated and on the opposite side of the San Juan metro area, which is the main tourist zone.

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/pr2020006006/map

PR earthquake 1-6-20 in Guanica PR

PR earthquake 1-6-20 in Guanica PR

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5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

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GUÁNICA, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking for the past week.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake was followed by a string of smaller temblors, including another quake measured at magnitude 5 that struck later Monday, at 10:51 a.m. (1451 GMT), shaking power lines and frightening residents of southern Puerto Rico who had been waiting outside their homes due to fears the buildings were damaged and unstable.

The first quake struck at 6:32 a.m. (1032 GMT) just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Service. There was no tsunami threat, officials said.

Power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, told The Associated Press.

“This is one of the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on Dec. 28,” he said. “It lasted a long time.”

Helicopters buzzed overhead as terrified residents jumped up from their folding chairs every time the earth shook, yelling at others to stay away from power lines.

Few people dared go back inside their homes, but José Quiñones, 54, had no choice. His 80-year-old mother had heart problems and was lying in bed.

Dozens of people in a neighborhood called Hope in the southwest town of Guánica walked around with their phones and yelled out the magnitude of the latest earthquakes as they tried to calm children who were forced to open their presents on Three Kings Day, a religious holiday, on streets and sidewalks.

“This is hell,” said Alberto Rodríguez, 43, whose home collapsed on its side as the smell of gas filled the air. “We haven’t slept… you can’t remain calm here. Guánica is no longer a safe place.”

Less than a block away, Silvestre Alicea surveyed his home whose foundation collapsed on his bright blue 1977 Toyota Corolla, a prized possession.

He jumped from his balcony as the home collapsed.

Alicea had lived in New York for years until he retired to Guánica two years ago to live in the home he spent 15 years building. He doesn’t have insurance.

In this working class neighborhood, people shared soda and snacks as they sought shelter from a harsh sun, careful to stay away from homes whose columns and foundations were heavily cracked.

Many already had bags packed in their cars with a change of clothes, food, water and medicine.

Some like Noelia De Jesús, 69, and her husband, who uses a wheelchair, didn’t know where they would spend the night. Government officials who inspected their home earlier in the morning said it was unsafe to live in and advised them to stay elsewhere.

“Everything broke, including the TV,” she said. “This is horrible.”

Puerto Rico doesn’t have a public earthquake warning system, except for sirens that are supposed to ring in case of a tsunami. Residents in this neighborhood criticized the government for what they believe is a lack of action.

Dr. Sindia Alvarado, who lives in the southern coastal town of Penuelas, said she was petrified.

“My entire family woke up screaming,” she said. “I though the house was going to crack in half.”

The flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico’s southern region began the night of Dec. 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. Previous quakes of lesser magnitudes in recent days have cracked homes and led to goods falling off supermarket shelves.

Victor Huerfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, told the AP that shallow quakes were occurring along three faults in Puerto Rico’s southwest region: Lajas Valley, Montalva Point and the Guayanilla Canyon. He said the quakes overall come as the North American plate and the Caribbean plate squeezes Puerto Rico, and that it was unclear when they would stop or if bigger quakes would occur.

One of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico occurred in October 1918, when a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the island’s northwest coast, unleashing a tsunami and killing 116 people.

 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7856821/5-8-magnitude-quake-strikes-Puerto-Rico-unleashing-small-landslides-causing-power-outages.html

Powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake destroys Puerto Rico’s famed Playa Ventana rock formation

  • The 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn on Monday, officials said  
  • US Geological Service said quake struck at relatively shallow depth of six miles
  • Photos showed partially collapsed homes and large boulders blocking the roads 
  • The earthquake destroyed Puerto Rico’s famed Playa Ventana rock formation
  • Photos show that the top of the natural wonder completely broke off into sea 
  • Quakes started December 28; Monday’s was one of strongest to hit US territory 

A 5.8-magnitude quake that hit Puerto Rico before dawn on Monday has destroyed one of the US territory’s most famous tourist attractions.

The quake caused the collapse of a renowned rock formation known as the Playa Ventana in Guayanilla.

Residents shared photos of the top half of the natural wonder, also dubbed the Window Beach, which had completely broken off.

It is known as Window Beach because the rock formation was raised above the ocean with a massive hole that gave the feeling of looking at the sea through a window.

Guayanilla press officer, Glidden López, wrote on Facebook: ‘The Window Beach collapsed. Today our icon is in everyone’s memory.’

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The quake caused the collapse of a famous tourist attraction known as the Playa Ventana (left, before the quake) in Guayanilla. Residents shared photos of the top half of the natural wonder, also dubbed the Window Beach, which had completely broken off (right, after the quake)

Other residents shared their thoughts on the loss of the a to post about their country's loss of the iconic formation

Other residents shared their thoughts on the loss of the a to post about their country’s loss of the iconic formation

Other residents shared their thoughts on the loss of the a to post about their country’s loss of the iconic formation.

‘This is something big to Puerto Rico today is the day playa ventana is gone for good. This place was famous in Puerto Rico until today because of an earthquake of 5.80,’ one person shared on Twitter.

‘Something amazing was taken from Puerto Rico today,’ another shared.

Officials said the quake struck at 6.32am just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Service (USGS).

There is no tsunami threat, but the USGS warned that the island should be ready for more earthquakes.

‘According to our forecast, over the next 1 Week there is a 4% chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 5.8,’ USGS said in a statement.

The agency said ‘it is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next week’.

Monday morning’s quake unleashed landslides, caused power outages and severely cracked homes.

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. This particular home was a two-story residence that collapsed onto two vehicles parked below it

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. This particular home was a two-story residence that collapsed onto two vehicles parked below it

The quake struck at 6.32am just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Service. There was no tsunami threat, officials said

The quake struck at 6.32am just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of six miles, according to the US Geological Service. There was no tsunami threat, officials said

Power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, said

Power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, said

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Power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, said.

The quake was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the US territory that has been shaking for the past week.

‘This is one of the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on December 28,’ he said. ‘It lasted a long time.’

Residents in southern coastal towns shared pictures of partially collapsed homes and large boulders blocking roads as officials urged people to remain calm.

Some residents also captured video of the damage, showing collapsed homes, downed power lines and cars maneuvering around boulders in the streets.

In the southern town of Guánica, Mayor Santos Seda said that five homes collapsed in the Esperanza neighborhood, but only one of them was inhabited. No injuries have been reported. Another 29 homes were heavily damaged, he said.

Clothing hangs to dry inside on the top floor of a home with a partially collapsed roof after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico

Clothing hangs to dry inside on the top floor of a home with a partially collapsed roof after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico

Residents in southern coastal towns shared pictures of partially collapsed homes and large boulders blocking roads as officials urged people to remain calm. This photo shows a bedroom inside one of the damaged homes

Residents in southern coastal towns shared pictures of partially collapsed homes and large boulders blocking roads as officials urged people to remain calm. This photo shows a bedroom inside one of the damaged homes

Cars were crushed under a home that collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, on Monday

Cars were crushed under a home that collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, on Monday

A youngster climbs into his aunt's damaged home where the stairs into the living room collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, on Monday

A youngster climbs into his aunt’s damaged home where the stairs into the living room collapsed after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, on Monday

Two men stand in front of a house that collapsed after a 5.8 earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico on Monday

Two men stand in front of a house that collapsed after a 5.8 earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico on Monday

A man takes photos of a house damaged by the 5.8 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico Monday morning

A man takes photos of a house damaged by the 5.8 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico Monday morning

Residents are seen outside in a neighborhood where houses were damaged by a 5.8 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico

Residents are seen outside in a neighborhood where houses were damaged by a 5.8 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico

Residents observe the damage caused by the magnitude 5.8 earthquake reported on the coast of Guanica, a municipality in the southwest of Puerto Rico

Residents observe the damage caused by the magnitude 5.8 earthquake reported on the coast of Guanica, a municipality in the southwest of Puerto Rico

Residents recalled the moments the quake hit the area Monday morning.

Dr Sindia Alvarado, who lives in the southern coastal town of Penuelas, said she was petrified.

‘My entire family woke up screaming,’ she said. ‘I though the house was going to crack in half.’

At a hotel in the southwest coastal town of Guanica, people panicked as they tried to flee in their cars, only to realize that large boulders were obstructing the only highway heading north to the capital of San Juan, attorney Jose Francisco Benitez said.

‘There was a state of panic,’ he said. ‘There were even people in their underwear walking around the hotel.’

He said he and his girlfriend were in the room when the quake struck.

A house is seen collapsed on its foundation after Monday morning's earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico

A house is seen collapsed on its foundation after Monday morning’s earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico

A Puerto Rican flag hangs from the porch of a home that collapsed on top of parked cars after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Monday morning

A Puerto Rican flag hangs from the porch of a home that collapsed on top of parked cars after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Monday morning

Boulders fell onto the streets in Puerto Rico and even blocked some roads

Guánica Mayor Santos Seda said at least five residences (onehome pictured) collapsed in the Esperanza neighborhood

In the southern town of Guánica, Mayor Santos Seda said that five homes (right, one home pictured) collapsed in the Esperanza neighborhood, but only one of them was inhabited. No injuries had been reported. Boulders caused the closure of some roads (left)

The flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico's southern region began the night of December 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. Monday's quake (depicted above) was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the US territory that has been shaking for the past week

The flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico’s southern region began the night of December 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. Monday’s quake (depicted above) was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the US territory that has been shaking for the past week

‘I have never felt anything like this,’ he said. ‘It was like a giant grabbed our room and shook it.

The flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico’s southern region began the night of December 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1.

Previous quakes of lesser magnitudes in recent days have cracked homes and led to goods falling off supermarket shelves.

Victor Huerfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, said that shallow quakes were occurring along three faults in Puerto Rico’s southwest region: Lajas Valley, Montalva Point and the Guayanilla Canyon.

He said the quakes overall come as the North American plate and the Caribbean plate squeezes Puerto Rico, and that it was unclear when they would stop or if bigger quakes would occur.

One of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico occurred in October 1918, when a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the island’s northwest coast, unleashing a tsunami and killing 116 people.

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