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Tue Jan 7, 2020, 09:17 PM

'Everyone's scared' - Puerto Rico declares emergency after earthquakes

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS JANUARY 7, 2020 / 3:53 AM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

'Everyone's scared' - Puerto Rico declares emergency after earthquakes

Luis Valentin Ortiz
4 MIN READ

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a series of earthquakes killed at least one person, toppled buildings and knocked out power to nearly the entire island of more than 3 million people.

The largest of the quakes in the U.S. territory registered at magnitude 6.4, the most powerful to hit the Caribbean island in 102 years.

With two large power plants shut down, drinking water was cut off to at least 300,000 customers, Vazquez told a news conference. She said she did not know when power would be restored on the island, which is still recovering from a pair of devastating hurricanes in 2017.

Puerto Ricoís electricity authority said it hoped to re-establish services during the night in the metropolitan area of San Juan, the capital, which is home to about 2.3 million people.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-puertorico-quake/everyones-scared-puerto-rico-declares-emergency-after-earthquakes-idUSKBN1Z60SX

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