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The U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey reports an earth­quake struck just before mid­night off the north­ern coast of Puer­to Rico. — Jan. 12, 2014

 

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 tsuna­mi warn­ing and that no injuries have been report­ed.

Earth­quakes of sim­i­lar mag­ni­tude have struck near Puer­to Rico in recent years, includ­ing a 5.4-magnitude one that shook the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry in March 2011 and anoth­er one of the same mag­ni­tude that struck on Christ­mas Eve in 2010.