Puerto Rico hit by 5.8-magnitude earthquake, causing power outages and damage

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico early Monday, causing power outages and damage to homes, according to the US Geological Survey.

Its epicenter was recorded around 6:32 a.m. at a shallow depth of 6 miles off the coast of the Caribbean island, 8 miles south of Indios, the agency said.

There were power outages reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, and residents in coastal towns posted photos of partially collapsed homes, as well as large boulders obstructing roads.

Angel Vasquez, emergency management director for the southern coastal city of Ponce, said it was one of the latest in a series of quakes over the last week to hit the region.

The quakes have ranged in magnitude from 4.7 to 5.1, with some cracking homes and leading products to fall off supermarket shelves.

“This is one of the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on Dec. 28,” Vasquez said. “It lasted a long time.”

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