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5.9 magnitude quake causes damage to Ponce

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Puerto Rico Saturday morning, the most recent in a string of quakes and afterschocks that have left thousands on the island without power and water.

The 8:54 a.m. quake struck 8 miles southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 3 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Earlier reports by the USGS said the quake was a magnitude 6.0 at a depth of 6 miles.

The quake caused outages across the island, including areas of Lares, Adjuntas, Ponce and San German, according to Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was the strongest quake since Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude quake, which killed at least one person and knocked out power to virtually the entire island of more than 3 million.

Many on the island have lost their homes, and thousands remain in shelters.




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