Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Puerto Rico struck with with 6.0-magnitude natural disaster

Puerto Rico struck with with 6.0-magnitude natural disaster

The quake hit around the southeast coast of the island at approximately 8:54 a.m. local time, the U.S.

A 5.9 magnitude quake rocked Puerto Rico Saturday, the latest in a series of powerful tremors that have shaken the US territory in recent days, the US Geological Survey reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8:54 a.m. ET quake hit 13 kilometres south of Indios at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

The National Weather Service, in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's quake, said that there was no Tsunami threat.

Puerto Rico was hit with a 5.9-magnitude natural disaster on Saturday morning, the latest in a tumultuous few weeks of seismic activity that has rocked the island.

No injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.

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"Everyone is out on the street", she said.

Saturday's quakes were also preceded by a string of smaller tremors. More than 2,000 people remain in shelters, many fearful of returning to their homes, and others unable to because of extensive damage.

The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which came ashore more than two years ago as a devastating Category 4 storm.

Víctor Huérfano, director of Puerto Rico´s Seismic Network, told The Associated Press that he expects still more aftershocks as a result of the latest large one. "It's a complex zone".

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power and water, and thousands are staying in shelters and sleeping on sidewalks since Tuesday´s quake.

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