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Two strong earthquakes strike Puerto Rico

Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 18:33

San Juan: Two strong
earthquakes struck Puerto Rico within minutes of each other
early on Saturday.

The quakes, with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.3 respectively,
occurred three minutes apart just after 2 a.m. AST in the Mona
Passage, just to the west of the island. A smaller aftershock
was reported a few minutes later, and all were felt in the
capital, San Juan.

The 5.1 quake was recorded at a depth of 14 kilometers
while the 5.3 quake occurred at a depth of 17 kilometers.
No tsunami alert was issued.

Some residents in the island`s southwest region reported
power outages as well as broken items around the house. No
injuries have been reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the neighboring
Dominican Republic.


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 18:33

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