Puerto Rico Earthquake – level 3

13-01-2020 07:00

Puerto Rico is recovering after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the island early this morning, right at the beginning of the Three Kings holiday.

According to the Director of Emergency Management, there were no major injuries; however, houses were toppled over, cars crushed, and walls cracked. Also, there was rubble in the roads. Some historic structures were damaged as well, such as the lighthouse of Guánica, which has been standing since 1893.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says that there have been hundreds of small earthquakes in the same region. The USGS also says that people are more likely to feel the earthquakes because they hit close to the land and in shallow depths.

Aftershocks are expected after Monday’s earthquake, but there are no tsunami warnings.

Difficult words: magnitude (the measure of how strong or violent an earthquake is), toppled over (overturned), aftershock (a smaller earthquake following a large earthquake).

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