January 17, 2021

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Víctor Huérfano on the earthquake last night: “It was felt everywhere”

A magnitude 4.8 shallow earthquake shook southern Puerto Rico on Thursday night. It was registered in the same region that supports tremors since the end of December.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Guayanilla, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7 miles), according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network . Initially, a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 was reported.

Read: Several Ponce buildings affected with a recent 4.8 earthquake

Damage to buildings in Ponce and many Puerto Ricans jumped out of bed.

"It was felt everywhere," Victor Huérfano director of the Seismic Network told The Associated Press.

This was one of many aftershocks of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that shook the island in early January, Huérfano added. That tremor left one deceased and one million dollars in material damage on the south coast of the island.

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