Puerto Rico earthquake: 5.5 magnitude tremor damages buildings

The tremor struck early on Saturday, rattling the city of Ponce, and damaging some buildings. There are no immediate reports of casualties

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Saturday 02 May 2020 16:38
Comments
Puerto Rico earthquake: 5.5 magnitude tremor damages buildings

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale has shaken Puerto Rico.

The tremor struck early on Saturday, rattling the city of Ponce, and damaging some buildings. There are no immediate reports of casualties.

The epicentre was in the sea off the southern coast, but no tsunami advisory has been issued.

A number of aftershocks were also recorded in the 90 minutes following the initial event according to the US Geological Survey.

Also shaken were the towns of Guánica and Guayanilla, where hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed in January's 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which killed one person.

The quake comes as Puerto Rico nears the two month mark of its lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor Wanda Vázquez tweeted that rescue crews were fanning out across the area and that she would shortly be travelling there to meet with those affected in person.

“If your infrastructure is damaged, you must leave with your face mask on and your emergency backpack,” she said, urging people to remain calm.

The mayor of Ponce, María Meléndez, posted pictures of the damage to her city and asked people to "avoid going to the city centre until we make sure everyone is safe."

Víctor Huérfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, told the Associated Press that while it’s understandable many people are afraid and surprised by the most recent earthquake, it’s not unusual given the seismic activity that began in the region in late December.

“In the long run, it’s decreasing, but you can have peaks,” he said, adding that he expects strong aftershocks to continue.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in