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The magnitude 5.02 earthquake is the most recent in a sequence of over 57 tremors

The sequence of tremors and earthquakes that have mainly affected the southern and southwestern areas of Puerto Rico since December 28, 2019 has not given any indication of dwindling, since since June 23 To date, at least 50 earthquakes of magnitude between 3.00 to 3.99, six tremors of magnitude 4.00 to 4.99, and a telluric movement of 5.02 have been recorded .

The most recent tremors occurred during the morning and afternoon of Today Friday, when the instruments of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network captured a shaking of magnitude 4.9 at 9:54 am This tremor was followed by a major earthquake, of 5.02, at 4:49 in the afternoon, and two significant aftershocks of magnitude 3.02 and 3.64 with several minutes of separation.

The doctor Víctor Huérfano director of the Seismic Network, confirmed to El Nuevo Día that this new earthquake is a continuation of the telluric sequence that began in late December last year.

" This tremor is associated to all this activity that comes from December of last year. We continue with an active sequence in the south-southwest area of ​​the island, understood from Lajas to Ponce and passing through Peñuelas, Guayanilla, Yauco and Guánica. affected by this sequence, "said Huérfano via telephone.

" We cannot let our guard down because the sequence will continue. The most likely scenario is that we will have more seismic events, some appreciable, "added Huérfano. [19659010] The shaking of the 9 : 54 a.m. it was felt in almost all of Puerto Rico, but mainly in the municipalities of Lajas, Guánica, Ponce, Peñuelas and Guayanilla, and the same happened with the tremor at 5:00 in the afternoon.

The telluric movements caused the collapse of , at least, a residence in Lajas, built in wood, and which had already suffered major damages from the tremors and earthquakes of previous dates.

The epicenter of the earthquake this morning was located in the La Parguera area, in Lajas , with a depth of six kilometers and 8.79 kilometers south-southeast of Lajas, where the intensity was V. Meanwhile, the epicenter of the earthquake of 5.02 was recorded at latitude 17.868, longitude -66.993, about 16 kilometers southwest of Guánica and about 17 kilometers south-southeast of Lajas; the depth was two kilometers.

After learning what happened, the governor Wanda Vázquez Garced made available to the municipalities the resources of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration [19659003] (NMEAD).

"The important thing is that all the response agencies, in this case the Nmead and everything that has to do with the Department of Health and rapid response, are working in coordination," he said. [19659010] Meanwhile, the mayor of Lajas, Marcos "Turin" Irizarry indicated in a telephone interview that the afternoon earthquake felt "stronger and more extensive" than the one this morning. In fact, the tremor interrupted the graduation from the Leonides Morales Rodríguez high school, which was held in the municipal parking lot.

The municipal executive maintained that he still has no reports of significant damage and that they are continuing in the evaluation. of the structures in the municipality. In addition, Irizarry indicated that, at the time of the earthquake, there were a large number of visitors to La Parguera.

Astronomical damage

The tremors have caused damages estimated at $ 8.3 billion, according to the first estimate presented by Vázquez Garced to the federal government.

The earthquakes that have been felt since June 23 are a continuation of the telluric sequence that began in late December last year. The sequence opened on December 28, 2019 with an earthquake of magnitude 4.7, and another of magnitude 5.0 the following day.

Meanwhile, on January 6, a tremor of magnitude 5.8 was recorded, followed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. on the morning of January 7.

Before the two simes of magnitude 4.8 and 4.37 on June 28, an earthquake of magnitude 4.63 was recorded on June 23, although it occurred in the north of the island, near the Canyon of la Mona.

The sequence does not stop

Telluric activity decreased during the months of April and May, but resumed vigorously from June 23. Since that date, the Seismic Network has registered tremors of magnitude 4.63 (June 23); 4.8, 4.37, 4.34 and 4.5 (June 28); and 4.9 and 5.02 today, Friday.

The tremors of June 28, inclusive, forced the mayor of Guánica, Santos "Papichy" Seda, to close the Mariano "Tito" Rodríguez coliseum, the main refuge of the municipality, because of the damages that it suffered and that were added to those that it accumulated from the events in previous dates.

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