Moderate earthquake in Puerto Rico awakens thousands

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BREAKING UPDATE: Power outages reported after moderate earthquake hits Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (WIREUPDATE.COM) — A moderate earthquake shook the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on early Sunday morning, seismologists said, waking thousands of people. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.


The 5.7-magnitude earthquake was centered about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east-northeast of Espino, or 63 miles (101 kilometers) west-northwest of the capital San Juan. It struck about 68.4 miles (110 kilometers) deep, making it a fairly deep earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially measured the strength of the earthquake as 5.8, but later revised it.

Hundreds of people from the surrounding area reported feeling the earthquake. “Sat right up in bed in Levittown, felt like I was back in San Diego,” Frank told WireUpdate.com.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and there was no threat of a tsunami.

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  • Douken

    @Joe Brooks

    Could you change the Espino reference since that’s not a town, actually I’ve been living in PR all my life and I don’t know that place. The other reference Añasco is better, since its a Town that everyone knows and it’s in the political map. BTW Añasco is 8Km from the epicenter.

  • http://www.wireupdate.com Joe Brooks

    Douken, the local data came from USGS.

  • Cindy

    I’m from Cabo Rojo and it felt very strong here. I never felt an earthquake before in my life and it was very scary. The house shook and you can feel banging from under the floor and a noise that sounded like thunder. The walls, tables and bed was shaking. I was with my parents watching tv and my mother immediately said “It’s an earthquake!” I’m still shaking from experiencing that. I hope everyone else on the island is okay.