Category: Science

Earthquake update

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A moderate earthquake  struck Puerto Rico early Sunday, damaging some houses in western and northern towns and causing a rock slide on a highway. No one was reported injured. The U.S. Geological Survey  said the magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck at 1:16 a.m. (0516 GMT) Sunday about four miles (six kilometers) from the small community of Espino on the western side of the U.S. Caribbean island and 63 miles (101 kilometers) from the capital, San Juan, where it was felt by high-rise dwellers. It was recorded at a depth of 67 miles (113 kilometers), according to the USGS.The quake cracked the concrete foundations of a few buildings in the towns of Florida, Lares, Moca, Utuado and Vega Baja, according to Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency. Agency spokeswoman Melina Simeonides said the quake also spilled rocks over a highway in Utuado, where it also shifted a concrete house some four inches from its foundation. Engineers were trying determine if other damaged homes were safe. Local authorities on Sunday were monitoring coastal areas close to the epicenter and evaluating the damage. Copyright 2010 The Associated...

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Puerto Rico Trench

The Puerto Rico Trench is an oceanic trench located on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The trench is associated with a complex transition between the subduction zone to the south along the Lesser Antilles island arc and the major transform fault zone or plate boundary that extends west between Cuba and Hispaniola through the Cayman Trench to the coast of Central America. Scientific studies have concluded that an earthquake occurring along this fault zone could generate a significant tsunami. The island of Puerto Rico lies immediately to the south of the fault zone and...

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Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico early Sunday morning, the United States Geological Survey said. The USGS placed the epicenter of the quake near the city of Moca, in the northwestern end of the island. Officer Guidiberto Torres Valle with the Moca Police Department said some parts of the city lost power, but service was quickly restored. The Municipal Hospital in the city of Cayey treated a woman suffering from anxiety caused by the earthquake but no other injuries. Araceli Vega, a nurse in the hospital, told CNN that she was treating a patient when she felt the building rattle, followed by a short moment of fear and confusion. Spanish Version of story Additional Information  Puerto Rico...

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Designer of famous Arecibo Telescope Dies at 92

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press Writer Mary Esch, Associated Press Writer ALBANY, N.Y. – Astronomer and engineer Bill Gordon, who designed the photogenic radio telescope in Puerto Rico that spotted the first planets beyond our solar system and lakes on one of Saturn’s moons, has died in New York state. He was 92. Gordon died Tuesday of natural causes, according to officials at Cornell University in Ithaca, the Ivy League college where he served on the engineering faculty from 1953-66. He designed the Arecibo Observatory’s radio telescope in the 1950s; it’s a 1,000-foot-wide dish set in a sinkhole surrounded...

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Puerto Rican Doctors Want Single Payer

A group of doctors from Puerto Rico were gathered in front of the White House last week. They want President Obama to adopt a single payer health care system. If not for the entire United States, then at least for Puerto Rico. READ...

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