Puerto Ricans bracing for an influx of rain from Tropical Storm Karen, were jolted from sleep late Monday an at least 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck about 50 miles from shore.
The quake was at a depth of six miles, 49 miles off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and hit at 11:23 p.m. The USGS reported the quake at 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, while the National Weather Service in San Juan said the quake measured 6.3.
Several aftershocks hit in the following minutes in the same region at the same depth, USGS said.
The quake had the potential to be felt in the Bahamas and much of the Caribbean, said USGS researchers.
No immediate reports of damage came in, and there was no tsunami risk, Kiara Hernández, spokeswoman for Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management Agency, told the Associated Press.
Emergency management officials and the National Guard were already mobilized in anticipation of Karen, Hernandez told AP.
It shook the entire main island of Puerto Rico, the strongest temblor to hit the island in years, AP said.
“We hope everyone is ok,” tweeted Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced, assuring everyone that no damage had been reported and that there was no tsunami risk to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With News Wire Services