The island has seen damaging quakes in the past, including one near the island’s northwestern coast in 1918 that triggered a tsunami and killed 118 people, according to the Geological Service. In Guayanilla, emergency workers helped a couple and two children whose elevated house collapsed, burying three cars parked underneath. Víctor Huérfano, director of Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, said in a phone interview that while it’s understandable many people are afraid and surprised by the most recent earthquake, it’s not unusual given the seismic activity that began in the region in late December. Updated at 4:20 p.m. “It started shaking a bit, but then, all of a sudden, we felt a jolt — I’d never seen anything like it,” he said. As of February 6, 2020: Nine more municipalities that were affected by the earthquakes in southwest Puerto Rico have been designated as eligible for FEMA’s ... (DRCs) serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the recent earthquakes in Southwest Puerto Rico. Elizabeth Vanacore, a seismologist with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, said people felt the recent quakes because they were shallow and occurred near land. Bengaluru: Puerto Rico was rocked by a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, which killed at least one person. The first cracks appeared a few days ago, after the first temblors. “This is a crisis on top of another crisis,” said Health Secretary Lorenzo González. “It cracked open everywhere inside,” said Mr. Rodríguez, 83, a retired bus driver. On Monday, he said, “it finally fell.”. The earthquake caused extensive damage to buildings on the island, including a museum and other historical buildings in Ponce, Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rican flag waves on top of a pile of rubble as debris is removed from a main road in Guánica, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, one day after a major earthquake shook the southwestern coast. Mr. Alicea said he planned to spend the night at his sister’s house nearby but could not think further into the future. Wanda Vázquez said, adding that no one was seriously hurt. The strong earthquake and persistent aftershocks that rattled Puerto Rico on Monday damaged vulnerable homes, destroyed a photogenic rock formation and terrified residents scarred by recent hurricanes about the prospect of another devastating disaster. “In the long run, it’s decreasing, but you can have peaks,” he said, adding that he expects strong aftershocks to continue. The house had stood on a dozen eight-foot columns. “If we forget these, the result is going to be worse.”. The collapse of a house in Guánica crushed a car parked underneath a balcony. A police officer, wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, removes debris caused by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Classes at local public schools, which were scheduled to resume on Tuesday after a holiday break, were pushed back until Jan. 13 to give inspectors time to check buildings for damage, she said. Puerto Rico lies near the border of the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. On Monday, strong aftershocks of 4.9, 4.3 and 4.4 magnitude continued to rock the island into the late afternoon, rattling nerves over and over again. Yahoo fait partie de Verizon Media. “This is unreal,” he said, adding that some neighbors have left the area to stay with relatives elsewhere and that many, including a security guard who worked all night, are now sitting nervously in their balconies. “I ate a chocolate to see if I could feel better.”. “Everything shook.”, He said he ran outside in fear, along with everyone else. According to a statement released Friday, satellite imagery can identify where the ground has been displaced.. All earthquakes cause permanent changes to the surface of the earth. Earthquake Strikes Puerto Rico, Toppling a Well-Known Natural Wonder. The earthquake cracked walls, flung goods off supermarket shelves and caused a second-story balcony to crash in the southern coastal city of Ponce. Among them was Mr. Rodríguez’s house in the Esperanza neighborhood of Guánica, where some of the most serious damage was reported, including five collapsed houses. The quake, which struck at 6:32 a.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey, was the strongest to be felt in the coastal towns west of the city of Ponce that have been trembling for more than a week. At least one school in the town of Guayanilla was being used as a shelter on Monday afternoon. “We’re human beings.”. People took shelter at the Coliseo Mariano “Tito” Rodriguez in Guánica, P.R., on Monday. A 5.8-magnitude quake damaged some homes and destroyed an unusual natural rock formation known as Punta Ventana. The man who lived inside, Alan Martínez, described to NotiCentro the harrowing moment in which the earth trembled, waking him up as the floor gave way. A big Puerto Rican flag waved from the balcony, which now was so near the ground it looked more like a porch. There were no immediate reports of casualties. “The infrastructure is already weak.”. “The house fell with us in it,” he said, standing outside barefoot with two bloody scratches on his leg. A strong earthquake and several aftershocks rattled residents in Puerto Rico on Monday. “It looked like a movie.”. “The house collapsed, ‘Boom!’”. Mayor Torres of Guayanilla said the town opened a shelter for people whose homes were too badly damaged to occupy. Wanda Vázquez said the 50 families that have to relocated will not be placed in shelters given concerns about the coronavirus contagion. “Thank God everyone is OK,” he said. The power in my room, here in Old San Juan, is out. He urged the island’s government in San Juan to send social workers to the region to ease people’s nerves. Mr. Benítez was awakened by the quake at a beach resort in Guánica. The preliminary location of Tuesday's earthquake … Officials warned of possible mudslides and urged people to stay off the roads to allow emergency personnel to assess the damage. Supporting columns crumbled underneath Silvestre Alicea’s elevated light green house with white trim, leaving the toppled structure — built on tall columns to protect it from flooding — perched at a precarious angle, with one end of the home tilted skyward.