A series of strong earthquakes – and aftershocks – shook Puerto Rico this week, killing one person and leaving much of the island without power or water.
The largest of these is a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, centered off Puerto Rico’s southern coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
One day earlier, a 5.8 magnitude quake occurred off the southwestern coast.
Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency for the island, which is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane María in 2017.
“We have responded to many difficult situations, and here we are once again,” said Vázquez. She said that engineers were working to restore utility service to nearly 300,000 people on Tuesday.
Since Dec. 31st, the country has experienced over 950 seismic events, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.