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Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Hits Puerto Rico

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Posted at 8:27 AM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 11:27:55-05

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Puerto Rico Saturday morning, continuing a week full of powerful tremors impacting the U.S. territory.

The United States Geological Survey reports that the quake hit Puerto Rico at 8:54 a.m. local time.

Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said outages were reported across much of southern Puerto Rico and crews were assessing possible damage at power plants.

At this time, there are no reports of injuries.

Saturday's quake comes after multiple high-powered quakes hit the area this week, including a 6.4 magnitude quake last Tuesday morning. Tuesday's earthquake was the largest to hit Puerto Rico in a century.

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power and water, and thousands are staying in shelters and sleeping on sidewalks since Tuesday’s earthquake.