Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Puerto Rico as islanders still trying to recover from other recent quakes

by Adam Ford · Jan 11th, 2020 10:23 am

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, causing further damage as islanders were still trying to recover from other recent, powerful quakes that destroyed homes and schools and caused island-wide power outages and water shortages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 8 miles south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles. New power outages have been reported across the island.

A 6.4 magnitude quake — the biggest in Puerto Rico in a century — slammed the island Tuesday, killing at least one person and causing widespread destruction. A 5.2 magnitude aftershock followed on Friday afternoon.

Authorities were on the verge of returning power to the Puerto Rico's 3 million residents before Saturday's quake struck. Officials tweeted just hours before the new earthquake struck that 95 percent of the island had their power restored, and 87 percent had their water service repaired.

There were no immediate reports of the extent of damage or injury.


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