Damage reported after 5.0 quake strikes near Puerto Rico


GUANICA, PUERTO RICO – JANUARY 7: A Puerto Rican flag sits in a pile of rubble after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guánica, Puerto Rico. This morning’s earthquake was preceded by a series of smaller quakes in the south of the island with the epicenter in Guánica. (Photo by Eric Rojas/Getty Images)

A magnitude 5.0 aftershock has rattled southern Puerto Rico, causing some cracks but no reported injuries in a region that has been shaken by continuing quakes for more than a month.

Officials in the southwest coastal town of Guayanilla reported a cracked wall and arch near a municipal pool that had already been closed to the public.

It also prompted re-inspections of homes, schools and other buildings.

Tuesday’s 10:45 a.m. (1445 GMT) quake struck 9 miles (15 kilometers) south-southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of 4 miles (7 kilometers).

It was felt across the island.

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