6.4 Earthquake in Puerto Rico
An earthquake that hit at 4:24 am AST (Atlantic Standard Time) leaves one dead
At 4:24 am local time in Puerto Rico, this morning, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit. Also, on Monday, January 6, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit followed by small aftershocks.
Both earthquakes left blackouts and damage throughout, also a well-known rock formation called Punta Ventana was destroyed on Monday by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Multiple blackouts happened across Puerto Rico after the power plants activated an auto protective mechanism after the earthquake Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported many power outages
As of now only one person has been recorded killed. In the city of Ponce, a 77-year-old man who was killed and 8 were injured. The 77-year-old man was killed after a wall fell on him when trying to evacuate his home. Also, in Guayanilla homes and churches were damaged.
Fortunately, according to the US National Tsunami Warning Center, no tsunami is expected to hit Puerto Rico. However many citizens worry about the structural soundness of the older buildings if another earthquake occurs.
The government of Puerto Rico has requested that citizens remain calm while they respond to the most recent earthquake. However, more than 300 Puerto Ricans are seeking refuge and the government saying that the residents should prepare for more earthquakes. A state of emergency has been declared by Puerto Rican governor Wanda Vázquez.