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04 Feb 2020 | 09:58 AM UTC

US: 5.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Puerto Rico's southwestern coast February 4

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico on February 4; no tsunami warning immediately issued

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.0-magnitude earthquake approximately 22 km (13 mi) south-southeast of Guanica at around 10:45 (local time) on Tuesday, February 4. According to initial reports, the quake struck at a depth of 7 km (4 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued. 

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected area 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 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.