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Moderate 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Puerto Rico’s Southeastern Coast … Again

SAN JUAN — There’s been another earthquake just off the southern coast of Puerto Rico.

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck around 9:45 a.m. today about 14 miles southeast of Guanica, the United States Geological Survey said.

Information about injuries or damage was not immediately available.

The latest earthquakes comes as the island has been trying to rebuild from a series of quakes and tremors over the past month, including a 6.4 magnitude quake on January 7 and a 6.0 aftershock that left at least one person dead.

The town of Guanica was also struck with a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on January 6 that led to small landslides, power outages and severely cracked homes.

A moderate 5.0 magnitude earthquake also struck Guayanilla in southern Puerto Rico on January 25.

The flurry of quakes in Puerto Rico’s southern region began the night of December 28, with quakes ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1. Previous quakes of lesser magnitudes in recent days have cracked homes and led to goods falling off supermarket shelves.

One of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico occurred in October 1918, when a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near the island’s northwest coast, unleashing a tsunami and killing 116 people.

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