An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook Puerto Rico early on Monday, Jan. 6. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking for the past week, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake, which struck at 6:32 a.m. just south of the island, had an epicenter 8 miles south-southeast of the coastal town of Indios, at a depth of 6.2 miles. It unleashed small landslides, caused power outages, and severely cracked some homes, according to USGS.

There was no tsunami threat, the agency said.

Angel Vazquez, emergency management director for the southern city of Ponce said that power outages were reported in some parts of Puerto Rico following the quake, according to The Associated Press.

Many residents began posting pictures of partially collapsed homes and large boulders blocking roads as officials urged people to remain calm.

According to PIX 11, there’s no word yet of any injuries.

The earthquake also jolted nearby Caribbean countries like The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos.

In October 1918, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the island’s northwest coast. It was one of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico, unleashing a tsunami and killing 116 people.


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