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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