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First a Quake, Then the Virus, Now Another Quake

5.5 magnitude temblor hits Puerto Rico, four months after another destroyed hundreds of home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2020 9:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit near southern Puerto Rico on Saturday, jolting many from their beds on an island where some people still remain in shelters from previous quakes earlier this year. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit just off the coast of towns including Guanica and Guayanilla, where hundreds of homes were destroyed by a quake in early January that killed one person and caused millions of dollars in damage. Reports of damage were still trickling in early Saturday morning, with at least one second-story balcony crashing in the southern city of Ponce, a spokeswoman tells the AP. Meanwhile, cracks in homes were reported in Guayanilla.

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Guanica Mayor Santos Seda tells the AP that no major damage has been reported so far. "Thank God everyone is OK," he says. "The infrastructure is already weak." He says between five to 10 people remain in a shelter since the 6.4 magnitude quake that hit in January. The quake on Saturday knocked out power to people in the area. Several aftershocks also hit the area, including a 4.6 magnitude one. The earthquake came as Puerto Ricans remain home under a nearly two-month lockdown to help curb coronavirus cases.

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