Magnitude 5.9 shock again rocks quake-stunned Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (AP) – A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing millions of dollars of damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

The US Geological Survey said the 8.54am quake hit eight miles southeast of Guanica at a shallow depth of three miles.

It was followed by several aftershocks, including a magnitude 5.2 temblor less than two minutes later.

No injuries or deaths were reported, officials said.

Saturday’s quake occurred four days after a 6.4 magnitude quake in the same area and amid a spate of more than 1,200 mostly small quakes over the past 15 days, all at shallow depths.

Gov Wanda Vazquez estimated damage from Tuesday’s earthquake at USD110 million, with a total of 559 structures affected.

She said her administration was immediately releasing USD2 million to six of the most affected municipalities.

Vázquez is seeking a major disaster declaration from the US government, which would free up more federal funds.

A big rock sits amid the rubble of the low wall it destroyed when it rolled down from a nearby cliff during a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico. PHOTO: AP