M6.5 Earthquake Hits 5km of Tallaboa, Puerto Rico


A very shallow, M6.5 earthquake shook the entire island of Puerto Rico on January 7, 2020.

This the strongest quake in a flurry of more than 1200 tremors to strike the U.S. territory in recent days.

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The M6.5 earthquake hit Puerto Rico on January 7, 2020 at 08:24:27 (UTC) at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles). Map via USGS

The shallow, 6.2-mile-deep quake struck at 8:24 a.m. (UTC) or 4:24 a.m local time, just south of the island. More than 340 felt reports have been submitted on the USGS homepage. Several aftershocks are still rumbling the islanders.

A tsunami alert was initially issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but officials said there is no risk of tsunami. So, there are currently no tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat, and no deaths or injuries have been reported yet.

According to several tweets, most of the island is without electricity. Everyone is awake and shaken up.

This strong M6.5 earthquake follows a M5.8 quake that struck early Monday morning and during which five homes collapsed in Guanica. The monday’s quake also triggered small landslides and power outages, but not as widespread as today’s tremblor.

The head of Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management Agency, Carlos Acevedo, said Tuesday’s quake was the strongest since the first in a swarm jolted the island Dec. 28. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 earthquakes have been recorded in the region.

Although Puerto Rico sits in a seismically active area, a M6.5 earthquake a larger event for the region. A M7.7 earthquake hit on July 7, 1943. The M6.0 quake on September 24, 2019, was the largest earthquake to strike the U.S. territory in five years.

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  1. As i have predicted for full moon of January 10 2020 we already had 2nd big quake 6.6 in Puerto Rico and Indonesia as well. Now Ukrainian flight 737 with close to 200 people downed in Tehran. Iranian attack world war 3 is already on speed and Iranian terrorist regime attacked USA bases in IRAQ. My predictions with high accuracy indeed. Trump will need attack IRAN with 52 F35A and B52 bomber next 48 hours which is total full moon. Pandora box has been opened and if Trump does not give shock and owe to IRAN. Next will be IRAN has mother of all Bombs will be used in Persian gulf and USA ships are in great danger. MR President Trump we thank you for behalf of majority of IRANIAN and we hope REGIME CHANGE for considerations. We ask Donald Trump attack IRAN will full force and change terrorist regime of IRAN. Another 5.3 quake also was under Bushehr nuclear facilities.Is HAARP testing its weapons for creating 8-9 quake under Bushehr? Within next 96 hours we see many things happening in middle east and Israel and Gulf Nations?

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