The main municipal refuge building in Guánica can no longer be used for these purposes due to the damage caused by the tremors that occurred yesterday in the southwest of the country.
The mayor of Guánica, Santos "Papichy" Seda reported that although the earthquakes of 4.8 and 4.37 were initially not thought to have caused structural damage the picture changed in hours of yesterday afternoon.
"In the afternoon we were with engineers evaluating structures and the Mariano" Tito "Rodríguez coliseum joined the facilities that we cannot use full time ," Seda said today in a radio interview (WKAQ – 580 AM).
The municipal executive added that now "it is a yellow facility," which means that it has partial damage. "
" Now the situation is more complicated for us, because it was one of the places that we could use as a safe haven between the two, I shake n the southwest area of Puerto Rico at 2:42 and 2:45 a.m. yesterday, Sunday. Hurricanes and earthquakes, "he added. free ".
Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.8 and 4.37, with just three minutes of separation
The Puerto Rico Seismic Network registered the epicenter of both events in the southeast tip of the Municipality of Guánica.
After the first few hours no damage was known, but before the damage was found in the coliseum, during the day there were also reports from citizens about damage.
"We were receiving calls from people who have seen new damage in their homes, which we have already referred to the Recovery and Disaster Center, "he said.
According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, after the two tremors yesterday a total of 23 have been registered until this morning "significant" aftershocks with two of 4.5 and 4.3 being the most significant.
These tremors are the most recent in a series of telluric movements that began in December 2019 and that have mainly affected the municipalities of the south and southwest areas.  The sequence began 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 an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the morning of January 7 .
The tremors have caused damages estimated at $ 8.3 billion according to the first estimate presented by the Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced to the federal government.