Puerto Rico rocked by bigger earthquake, one dead

A powerful earthquake rocked the island and has left several areas without power that comes on the heels of a 5.8 magnitude quake called a foreshock.
(Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP)

The US territory of Puerto Rico was again rattled on Tuesday, January 7, this time by a massive magnitude 6.4 earthquake.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the strong earthquake was recorded at 4:24 am about 14 kilometres just off Puerto Rico’s southern coast near the town of Guayanilla.

A map from the USGS on the epicentre of Tuesday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake that rattled Puerto Rico (Photo: United Stated Geological Survey)

“The preliminary location of this earthquake is within about 12 km of the January 6, 2020, M 5.8 earthquake. Over the past several weeks, hundreds of small earthquakes have occurred in this same region, beginning in earnest with a M 4.7 earthquake late on December 28 and a M 5.0 event a few hours later,”

— The preliminary report from the Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) on Tuesday’s earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The island continues to be rocked by tremors and Tuesday’s quake comes less than 24 hours after being rocked by a magnitude 5.8 temblor on Monday.

Power outages and severe damage have been reported near the southern coast, including in the city of Ponce.

According to a report from CNN, a 77-year-old man was killed and at least eight others were injured, emergency management officials indicate.

The USGS has further recorded several other strong quakes following the magnitude 6.4 tremor – including a magnitude 5.8 temblor striking just south of Indios at 7:18 am.

Effects of the earthquake were reportedly felt as far north as The Bahamas and as far south as Guadeloupe.

The British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Islands, twin-islands St. Martin and Sint Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica felt the tremor.