A 6.0-magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks rocked Puerto Rico overnight as Tropical Storm Karen churned toward the island, officials said.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake, centered about 38 miles north-northwest of San Antonio, Puerto Rico, struck at 11:23 p.m. Monday. Several aftershocks, ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 5.1, followed, the agency said.
The National Weather Service said the temblor did not pose a tsunami risk to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. So far, emergency management officials have not received any reports of injuries or significant damage associated with the earthquake, The Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez took to social media to urge residents "to remain calm during these natural events to guarantee safety."
Esperamos estén todos bien y no tengamos ningún daño ante el fuerte temblor. Importante mantener la calma durante estos eventos naturales para garantizar la seguridad. No existe riesgo de tsunami para Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes. https://t.co/TZfEg9nFL7— Wanda Vázquez Garced (@wandavazquezg) September 24, 2019
Others shared videos and photos in the quake's aftermath.
this is in mayaguez pic.twitter.com/UIBcXggVWa— Isabeli (@isabelip34) September 24, 2019
Earthquake damage: Water main break in Mayagüez which is on the western side of Puerto Rico. https://t.co/SuzBEY3oLD— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 24, 2019
According to the AP, officials previously decided to close government buildings and schools as Karen approached. The storm was expected to bring heavy wind and rain to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said in an overnight advisory.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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