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07 Jan 2020 | 04:02 AM UTC

US: 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Puerto Rico January 7 /update 1

6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes south-southwest of Tallaboa (Peñuelas) as aftershoks continue on January 7; further aftershocks likely

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Event

The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.5-magnitude earthquake around 5 km (3 mi) south-southwest of Tallaboa (Peñuelas) on Tuesday, January 7. The quake hit at around 04:24 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries, and no tsunami warning was issued. No significant damages have been reported, although the quake prompted landslides and temporary road closures along Route 2 and in parts of the country's southern coast. Aftershocks are likely to continue over the coming hours and days.

Context

Several aftershocks ranging in magnitudes of 2.0 to 6.5 have struck off the southern coast of Puerto Rico following an initial 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Monday, January 6.

The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.7-magnitude earthquake around 13 km (8 mi) south-southwest of Indios (Guayanilla) on January 6. The quake hit at around 06:32 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries, and no tsunami warning was issued. No significant damages have been reported.

Advice

Individuals in Puerto Rico are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.