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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Puerto Rico

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico early Monday morning, causing landslides and some damage in the U.S. territory with plenty of aftershocks still expected.

The magnitude 5.8 tremor happened at 5:32 a.m. ET, the US Geological Survey said.

It was centered about 8 miles south-southeast of Indios, Puerto Rico, at a depth of about 3.7 miles below ground. Several smaller temblors followed, including a 4.9-magnitude quake that frightened residents all over again just before 11 a.m., according to the USGS.

No major injuries were reported, Puerto Rico Director of Emergency Management Carlos Acevedo said. But geologists have warn of more tremors to come.

"More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock," the USGS said.

"When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater."

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