A large earthquake struck off the southern coast of Puerto Rico on Saturday morning around 7:13 AST.
The epicenter of the 5.4 magnitude temblor was about 14 kilometers south-southwest of Ponce but shaking has been reported across the entire island. Fortunately, no major damage was reported on the island, according to the Associated Press.
The aftershocks from the latest earthquake continued into Sunday, with the largest of Sunday’s aftershocks registering at a 3.7. That’s based on data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
BREAKING NEWS : A 5.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the island of Puerto Rico. There are multiple reports of damage across many historic buildings in the area, as seen by this video captured just after the event. Details on the latest here : https://t.co/2Rqocl9pWI pic.twitter.com/RWZUcdkcjz
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The United States Geological Survey has reviewed the event, labeling the earthquake as an aftershock to the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in January that occurred in the same area.
Several aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 4.0 have been recorded.
This was a shallow earthquake, striking at a depth of 4.3 kilometers.
We spoke to an expert with the USGS about the earthquake and how much longer aftershocks are possible in the region. Unfortunately, aftershocks will be possible through the remainder of 2020.
The earthquake originally was rated as a magnitude 5.5, but since has been updated to 5.4. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this story.