Category: Weather

Puerto Rico Earthquake Causes Minor Damage

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A strong earthquake out to sea shook Puerto Rico early Monday, causing minor damage in some places.  Some people reported items falling in their home and dozens said they felt buildings sway in the capital of San Juan, about 61 miles (98 kilometers) from the quake’s epicenter. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and struck just after midnight about 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of Hatillo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles (28 kilometers) deep.  Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency said there was no...

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Report: Swells affected Puerto Rico glowing lagoon

By DANICA COTO | Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A popular lagoon that glows at night off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast has lit up once again as scientists wrap up their investigation into why it went dark last month, officials said Friday. A prolonged and heavy swell had swept away microscopic plankton known as dinoflagellates that are found in heavy concentrations in the lagoon and emit light through a chemical reaction when disturbed, said Carmen Guerrero, secretary of the Natural Resources Department. There are typically thousands of dinoflagellates per liter (gallon) of water in the lagoon, but...

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Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The man whose research team discovered the Titanic shipwreck is now leading a mission to investigate major faults and underwater volcanoes in the northern and eastern Caribbean to collect information that could help manage natural disasters. Robert Ballard is overseeing 31 scientists who will set out Friday using remotely operated vehicles to explore the Septentrional and other faults and underwater formations around Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. The Septentrional fault lies along the border of the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates. “It’s...

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Strong earthquakes strike Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  – Two strong earthquakes have struck Puerto Rico within minutes of each other. The quakes, with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.3 respectively, occurred three minutes apart just after 2 a.m. local time Saturday in the Mona Passage, just to the west of the island. A smaller aftershock was reported a few minutes later. There were no immediate reports of...

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Hurricane Irene Slams Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Irene cut power to more than a million people in Puerto Rico, downing trees and flooding streets on Monday, and forecasters warned it could be a major storm as it threatens Florida and South Carolina by the end of the week. There were no reports of deaths or major injuries in Puerto Rico, but Gov. Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency and urged people to stay indoors to avoid downed power lines, flooded streets and other hazards. “This isn’t the time to go out to find out what happened … This is...

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