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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico … No Reports Of Injuries: USGS

SAN JUAN — Tourists have told how they woke up late Monday night when their high-rise buildings started “moving from side to side strongly.”

“Doors, lamps, hanging plants all swinging rather hard,” one person tweeted.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck north of Isabela in Puerto Rico on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which the USGS said hit at a depth of six miles (10 km) about 50 miles (80 km) from the northwestern coastal town of Isabela.

“An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 occurred 44 miles north of Puerto Rico at 11:24 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time,” the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted. “No tsunami threat exists for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.”

The spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Kiara Hernández, told The Associated Press that there are no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said that, depending on its location and strength, there is a low risk of damage or casualties.

Affected countries: Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Netherlands Caribbean, San Bartolomé, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla.

No major damage is expected because it is very far from the population centers, but depending on the buildings, you could see some damage from things that fall off the shelves.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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