6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

Danica Coto, The Related Press
Revealed Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:01AM EDT
Final Up to date Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:02AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck close to Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep within the U.S. territory.

The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometres) off the island’s northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometres). Three aftershocks, of magnitude 4.7 and 4.6, hit inside lower than an hour in the identical area on the similar depth.

Kiara Hernandez, spokeswoman for the island’s Emergency Administration Company, advised The Related Press that there have been no quick studies of injury and that there was no threat of tsunami.

She mentioned emergency administration officers have been already on alert for the approaching Tropical Melancholy Karen and communicated rapidly with mayors and others throughout the island to test on any injury.

The Nationwide Guard additionally had been activated for the storm, and faculties and authorities workplaces remained closed as heavy rains have been forecast for Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with warnings of potential flooding and landslides.

Hernandez mentioned crews could be inspecting buildings to make sure their security.

“We will know this information little by little,” she mentioned.

The quake was felt throughout Puerto Rico and was the strongest to hit the island in recent times. Whereas Puerto Rico experiences very small earthquakes every day that nobody feels, seismologists have mentioned it is uncommon for larger ones to strike the island.

Yahaida Zabala, a 46-year-old San Juan resident, was asleep when she felt her constructing sway Monday round 11:23 p.m.

“I rushed into my son’s room,” she mentioned. “He was sitting like he was paralyzed.”

They ran down the steps of their constructing and stood exterior with a small group of individuals awaiting aftershocks.

The final sturdy quake to shake the island in recent times occurred in January 2014, when a magnitude-6.Four tremor struck after midnight simply north of the island’s north coast at a depth of 17 miles (28 kilometres). Authorities reported damaged home windows, a busted water line and cracked flooring and partitions, together with some energy outages. Some 70 aftershocks have been reported afterward, with at the least three of a magnitude 3.5 or larger.

Probably the most damaging earthquake to hit Puerto Rico in current historical past occurred in October 1918, when a magnitude-7.Three quake struck close to the island’s northwest coast, inflicting a tsunami and killing 116 individuals.

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