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Puerto Rico hit by series of strong earthquakes--the biggest so far being a 6.4 at 4:24 am local time Tuesday (1/7) morning--which knocked out power all across the commonwealth and killing at least one person. They have been centered on or just off-shore the southwestern part of the island, so while more-or-less opposite San Juan their epicenters have been only about 40-50 miles away from the capital.
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6.4 isn't that bad. I'm actually pretty worried about Kai.
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looks bad enough to me

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/07/us/p ... index.html

sure, they probably choose the worst looking images for clicks and ratings, but still
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justine posted:
6.4 isn't that bad. I'm actually pretty worried about Kai.


aything bad in pr is potentially dangerous
I didn't realize PR was prone to quakes!
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There were two quakes locally last week only a couple of days apart. Just in the 2’s tho.
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justine posted:
6.4 isn't that bad. I'm actually pretty worried about Kai.

It all depends on the local geology. You are probably correct for California.
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Old Yoda posted:
justine posted:
6.4 isn't that bad. I'm actually pretty worried about Kai.

It all depends on the local geology. You are probably correct for California.

Yeah, i thought about this after i got up, and you're probably right.
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Has anyone heard from gd?
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I wonder if the earthquake knocked out internet service?
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Puerto Rico earthquakes' impact 'so much worse' than Hurricane Maria, residents say

Updated 2:15 PM ET, Wed January 8, 2020
Guanica, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Puerto Rico residents spent the night outside as aftershocks rocked the island following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that knocked out power and water services in some areas.

The quake was the strongest and likely the most damaging of hundreds of temblors that have struck the island since December 28. It hit before dawn Tuesday, leaving a man dead and causing dozens of homes and structures to crumble.

It was centered off Puerto Rico's southern coast, 6 miles south of Indios. Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard as she pleaded with residents to remain calm and prepare for aftershocks.

Terrified of sleeping indoors as aftershocks continue, neighbors put mattresses in their front yards while others spent the night Tuesday under white tents and tarps.

Riko Gonzalez and his parents were asleep in their home in Yauco, near Indios, when the quake struck. They scurried out of the house as dishes tumbled to the kitchen floor, he said.

Hundreds of aftershocks have hit the area in the past few days.

"People are afraid to go to bed, to then be woken up to worse earthquakes than the day before," Gonzalez said.

Residents and officials have repeatedly said the impact from the quakes surpasses the devastation that Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm when it hit the island, delivered two years ago.

"With the hurricane, you knew when and at what time it would arrive," Guayanilla resident Tatiana Rodriguez, 28, said, adding of the quakes, "This, you don't know at what time it's going to happen."

The town of 18,000 located near the southern coast hasn't been getting regular updates, she said. Residents are disinclined to leave their homes because they don't know what areas are safe. Rodriguez worries that recovery will be difficult, especially for those hit hard by Maria, she said.

"There are a lot of people that started from zero because of Maria," she said. "(They're) starting again from zero."

Water and power still an issue

Much of Puerto Rico is still without power Wednesday as engineers work to restore it in phases. About 500,000 customers are back on the grid, the Electric Energy Authority said in a tweet.

A system-wide power outage was reported after the Costa Sur power plant near Guayanilla suffered severe damage Tuesday, Vázquez Garced said.

"We lost the largest plant in the entire system," said Jose Ortiz, executive director of the Electric Power Authority.

Power has been restored in most hospitals, and crews are working to fully restore it by the weekend, Ortiz said. A nursing home in Ponce was evacuated and dozens of people in wheelchairs were waiting outside.

Guanica experienced at least 10 aftershocks Wednesday before 8 a.m. (7 a.m. ET), Mayor Santos Seda said. More than 50 homes collapsed, and 100 more are threatening to fall, he said.

More than 200 people took shelter at a Guanica coliseum, he said, but fearful for their safety if the building were toppled, they relocated to the parking lot.

"So much worse than Maria because a hurricane, we can tell where the hurricane is coming through, but we don't with an earthquake," Seda told CNN. "Yesterday, my wife and I slept on the sidewalk right outside my house, and we saw the same thing everywhere."

Classes have not resumed

Classes won't resume across the island until crews inspect all schools and confirm buildings are safe for students, education officials announced.

The Agripina Seda School in Guanica suffered major damage Tuesday, including a partially collapsed, three-story building.

"Classes in the public school system won't resume until a total evaluation of all campuses," Education Secretary Eligio Hernández Pérez tweeted, adding that teachers and staff won't return to the schools until further notice.

Damage worse than hurricane, official says

The earthquakes come after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory in September 2017. Many in southern Puerto Rico said the earthquakes' damage was worse.

"There's no warnings for this," Puerto Rico Police Commissioner Henry Escalera said of the earthquakes. "A hurricane gives us time to plan ahead."

When asked what concerns him the most about the quakes' aftermath, he said, "That homes will not be safe to live in and the possibility of a collapse that will cause a person's death or serious injuries."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced aid has been made available to supplement local response efforts.

President Donald Trump's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and protect property.

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Hi guys! I’m fine! Where I live I felt the quakes but it wasn’t bad. My home suffered no damage. Power to where I live was knocked out for about 12 hours. Other places near my town were without for about 24 hours. The south still has no power or water service. With loss of power, cellphones and internet was almost inoperable because the networks became over saturated.

The south of the island had it the worst, specifically Guayanilla, Yauco, Ponce, and Guánica. Many concrete houses that were not built following engineering standards of construction either had their structure compromised, or were demolished by the earthquakes. A friend of mine living in Yauco said that the earthquake was intense, everything inside his home fell to the floor, but luckily the structure held up.

Because of these earthquakes my university postponed the start of the winter semester to January 13th.
We're all glad to hear you're safe.
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yay good news :up:
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glad you're okay!

maybe change your major to witchcraft so you can lift the island's curse
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TOS posted:
glad you're okay!

maybe change your major to witchcraft so you can lift the island's curse



Hahaha

I saw this today on my Facebook:
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Yay for being safe!
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Glad you're ok!
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gd Hero of Twilight
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There was another earthquake this morning. It was a 6.0. It woke me right out of bed.
I saw that. Glad to hear the second one didn't get you.
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Thanks to all of you for checking in to make sure I'm ok :)
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Glad you’re ok. Good luck with the reconstruction.
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Yes glad you’re ok.

Trump’s sending an Amazon trailer of returns to help.
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I heard he sent thoughts and prayers and kept the trailer for Tiffany
This was completely unrelated to the earthquake (...or was it?).

On January 17th around 5:30 pm local time a "Meteor Streaks Over Puerto Rico, Unsettling Some Amid Quakes".

There was even a picture of the "ending" explosion captured by the weather satellite GEOS-16:

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so that happened about 50+ miles north of the island.

So probably similar to the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013 though likely was a meteor perhaps a order smaller than that (so maybe 2 meters in diameter as opposed to the estimated 20 meters across for Chelyabinsk).
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Every other source I've seen says that meteor happened 100 miles south of the island. I didn't get to see it myself on account of being at the movies when it happened.
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Every other source I've seen says that meteor happened 100 miles south of the island. I didn't get to see it myself on account of being at the movies when it happened.

Perhaps those reports MAY be mixing up the recent incident with ANOTHER, but that bigger meteor exploded on June 22, 2019, coincidentally at 5:20 pm local time. Likewise it was recorded by GEOS-16:

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While bigger, that explosion was between 200-250 miles almost directly south of the island.

Ah, I went to Twitter account of Frankie Lucena who created that comparison pic and is based in Puerto Rico. There he posted a link to a local (for you) news report on WAPA-TV which has two VERY short clips of the recent bolide. Unfortunately those clips were too short to have included the reported rumble that others had reported (which should have been heard about 4 minutes later). Maybe that upper Ring camera had captured that.

Apparently Lucena spends a lot of his time tracking and sometimes personally recording various sky phenomena. In this tweet he explained that the burst over Haiti in that July 22, 2019, pic was a lightning strike there.

EDIT: I corrected my spelling of Lucena's last name from "Lucerna".
Huh. Another spectacular bolide last night near Puerto Rico:

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Again GEOS-16 caught the explosion over the eastern peninsula of the Dominican Republic:

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Both images are courtesy of Frankie Lucena and were posted on SpaceWeather.com.
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DEyncourt posted:
Huh. Another spectacular bolide last night near Puerto Rico:

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Again GEOS-16 caught the explosion over the eastern peninsula of the Dominican Republic:

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Both images are courtesy of Frankie Lucena and were posted on SpaceWeather.com.



I was asleep when this happened. Found out about it thanks to you.
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I hope gd is safe though it may be a while before we hear