Puerto Rico earthquake: Magnitude 6.4 knocks out power, kills at least 1 originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Puerto Rico in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake hit close to the town of Tallaboa on the island's south coast, at 4:24 a.m. local time (03:24a.m EST) at a depth of 10 kilometers, USGS said.
The earthquake's magnitude was initially reported as 6.6, but was revised down first to 6.5, then 6.4.
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At least one one is known to have been killed in the quake. The Associated Press reported that the victim was killed when a wall collapsed on him at his home. Eight people are were also injured in the city of Ponce, near the epicenter of the quake, Mayor Mayita Meléndez told WAPA television, according to the AP.
The Electric Power Authority reported an island-wide power outage, saying
that power plants had activated their protection mechanisms and gone out of service.
AEE INFORMA-- Las plantas de la AEE han activado sus mecanismos de auto protección y han salido de servicio. Se coteja status para a la brevedad posible subir el SISTEMA. CC1 pic.twitter.com/9e2lLp2lX6— Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (@AEEONLINE) January 7, 2020
Authorities said damage had been reported at the Costa Sur power station, and they were evaluating the power infrastructure and urged residents to remain calm. The Electric Power Authority said it hoped it would be able to bring the power back online later Tuesday.
Albert Rodríguez, who is from the southwest town of Guánica told the Associated Press there is widespread damage in his neighborhood.
"The road is cracked in the middle and it lifted up," he said.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Videos posted on social media showed damage to buildings, including a church in the town of Guayanilla with a steeple that had collapsed.
Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced
that public sector institutions would be closed for the day so that workers "can be with their families, implementing their emergency plans."
Queremos que todos estén seguros. Es por esto que se suspenden los trabajos en el sector público por el día de hoy, para que puedan estar con sus familia, implantando sus planes de emergencia. (1/2)— Wanda Vázquez Garced (@wandavazquezg) January 7, 2020
In addition to the magnitude 6.5 quake, at least seven other earthquakes were recorded by the USGS as striking Puerto Rico in the early hours of Tuesday. Some of the subsequent quakes measured up to magnitude 5.6.
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There is currently no tsunami warning in effect, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.
The quake comes one day after a 5.8 quake hit the U.S. territory's southern region, which has seen a string of quakes in recent days.
Monday's earthquake collapsed five homes and damaged many other buildings and also caused rock slides and power outages, according to the Associated Press..
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