SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles off the islands northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). Three aftershocks, of magnitude 4.7 and 4.6, hit within less than an hour in the same region at the same depth.
Kiara Hernández, spokeswoman for the islands Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press that there were no immediate reports of damage and that there was no risk of tsunami.
She said emergency management officials were already on alert for the approaching Tropical Depression Karen and communicated quickly with mayors and others across the island to check on any damage.
The National Guard also had been activated for the storm, and schools and government offices remained closed as heavy rains were forecast for Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with warnings of possible flooding and landslides.
Hernández said crews would be inspecting buildings to ensure their safety.
“We will know this information little by little,” she said.
The quake was felt across Puerto Rico and was the strongest to hit the island in recent years. While Puerto Rico experiences very small earthquakes on a daily basis that no one feels, seismologists have said its rare for bigger ones to strike the island.
Yahaida Zabala, a 46-year-old San Juan resident, was asleep when she felt her building sway Monday around 11:23 p.m.
“I rushed into my sons room,” she said. “He was sitting like he was paralyzed.”
They ran down the stairs of their building and stood outside with a small group of people awaiting aftershocks.
The last strong quake to shake the island in recent years occurred in JanuarRead More – Source