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06 Jan 2020 | 06:02 AM UTC

US: 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Puerto Rico January 6

5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes south-southwest of Indios (Guayanilla) on January 6; aftershocks possible



The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.7-magnitude earthquake around 13 km (8 mi) south-southwest of Indios (Guayanilla) on Monday, January 6. The quake hit at around 06:32 (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 power outages, small landslides, and temporary road closures in parts of the country's southern coast. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days. 


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.