Several earthquakes in the course of last week, disrupted the energy supply system, infrastructure and destroyed a number of residential buildings. A 6.6 magnitude tremor occurred on Tuesday, after which the Puerto Rican authorities declared a state of emergency.
“The whole island is without power.”— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 7, 2020
An earthquake in Puerto Rico killed at least 1 person, collapsing buildings and knocking out power. The U.S. territory has been rocked by 10 days of tremors, including a 5.8 quake that destroyed a natural coastal landmark: pic.twitter.com/tkKHhWDI9g
The last 5.9 magnitude earthquake took place on Saturday morning, while seismologists continue to record aftershocks in the region.
Pictures of damage coming out of Puerto Rico following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake pic.twitter.com/IQrBCztzfW— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 7, 2020
According to the initial damage assessment, 539 structures have been partially destroyed, the Nuevo Dia newspaper reported.
The government has also ordered that prices for food and items needed in an emergency situation be frozen, the media outlet added.
One of the island's power plants, Costa Sur, has been damaged, resulting in power outages in some households.