International News: Earthquakes Hit Puerto Rico

Nakia Harmon, Opinions Editor

On Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, the southwest of Puerto Rico was hit with earthquakes. This area of Puerto Rico is located at its opposite end from its capital of San Juan. The magnitude of the earthquake on Jan. 6 was 5.8, and the magnitude of the earthquake on Jan. 7 was 6.4. According to CNN,the 6.4 earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico is likely the island’s most damaging earthquake in over a century. A state of emergency declaration was signed by Puerto Rico’s governor Wanda Vazquez Garced in order for actions to be taken by the National Guard in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is still trying to pick up pieces from Hurricane Maria from four years ago now being left to have to pick up even more pieces.
Puerto Rico has not only plummeted financially, but the hope for the further existence of this island has also plummeted. According to the estimates of USGS, potential economic losses greater than $100 million have resulted from the 6.4 earthquake on Jan. 7. Many people in Puerto Rico have been left without a source of power and water service. Both earthquakes were followed by aftershocks. During the earthquakes, one person died from falling into their house, and many people were injured.