A magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolted some out of bed in Puerto Rico on Saturday morning. A series of less powerful shocks followed ranging from magnitudes 4.9 to 2.6 in the area.
The initial quake was recorded at 7:13 a.m. EDT, 6.8 miles south-southeast of Tallaboa, a small community in the south of the island, the USGS reported.
People took to social media to share videos and images of damage left behind from the big quake. Pictures show a second-story balcony crashed onto the street in the city of Ponce. There were also reports of a landslide after a video was uploaded to Twitter showing clouds of dust as rocks were falling near a road. According to Courtney Travis, an AccuWeather Meteorologist, there have been at least 23 earthquakes of a 2.5 magnitude or higher on the Richter scale since Friday afternoon. There have been 33 earthquakes around Puerto Rico of a 4.5 magnitude or higher since the start of 2020, including two 5.6 earthquakes and one 6.4 earthquake on Jan. 7 that prompted a state of emergency. Saturday’s quake hit towns just off the coast including Guánica and Guayanilla, where the deadly Jan. 7 earthquake resulted in hundreds of destroyed homes and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Some people still remain in shelters from the previous quakes earlier this year.
As residents pick up the pieces after this earthquake they may face less-than-ideal weather if recovery spans into the upcoming week.
“Into early next week, it is likely for there to be a few showers or a thunderstorm in the area each day. Temperatures during this time are expected to be in the upper 80s with dew points in the lower 70s making it humid. These conditions are near normal for this time of year,” Travis said.
Saturday was an active earthquake day around the world. Earthquakes also jolted parts of Greece, the Dominican Republic and Oklahoma.