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article imagePuerto Rico rocked by magnitude 5.8 earthquake early this morning

By Karen Graham     Jan 6, 2020 in World
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.
According to the U.S. Geological Service (USGS), the earthquake struck at 6:32 a.m. (1032 GMT) just south of the island at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). There was no tsunami warning issued.
Another earthquake measuring magnitude 5.1 struck later Monday, at 10:51 a.m. (1451 GMT). These two quakes were the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking for the past week, reports CBS News.
Puerto Rico Director of Emergency Management Carlos Acevedo said there were no immediate reports of casualties, however, some homes sustained damages n Guanica, and a home collapsed in Guayanilla. There were also reports of rockslides along Route 2.
The USGS is warning of more tremors to come. "More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock," the USGS said. "When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater."
Residents in southern towns began posting images of damaged homes and boulders blocking roads as authorities urged the public to remain calm, according to CTV News Canada.
Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, said "This is one of the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on Dec. 28. It lasted a long time."
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 thought the house was going to crack in half."
Victor Huerfano, director of Puerto Rico's Seismic Network, says the flurry of quakes began the night of Dec. 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. He explained that the shallow quakes were occurring along three faults in Puerto Rico's southwest region: Lajas Valley, Montalva Point, and the Guayanilla Canyon.
He added that they are occurring as the North American plate and the Caribbean plate squeezes Puerto Rico, although it is unclear when they quakes will stop or if a bigger quake can be expected.
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