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Puerto Rico Earthquake: 6.4 Magnitude Quake Strikes off the Coast of U.S. Territory

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jan 13, 2014 11:36 AM EST

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A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Hatillo, Puerto Rico.(Photo : wikimedia)

Puerto Rico was hit with a large earthquake on Sunday. A 6.4 magnitude quake hit just to the north of Puerto Rico at around 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a small possibility of a local tsunami following the earthquake off the coast. However experts don't think there is a widespread, destructive tsunami impending. It was later determined that no tsunami formed, the Associated Press reports.

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The earthquake stuck on Sunday night about 35 miles north of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Geological Survey says. The tremors were felt by several villages along the northern coast.  The quake struck at a shallow point of 17.7 miles below the seabed.

According to the Associated Press, some residents reported that items fell in their homes and many said they felt their buildings sway, even in the capital of San Juan, located about 61 miles from the epicenter of the quake. There were no reports of injuries or severe damage.

The recent earthquake had some panicked as large earthquakes have struck near the region in recent years. A 5.4 magnitude quake struck the U.S. territory in March 2011 and another one of the same size struck on Christmas Eve in 2010.

This earthquake also comes on the heels of the fourth anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Jan 12, 2010. Tens of thousands of people were killed in that event and the Caribbean Island was left in shambles due to mass destruction.


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