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6.4 Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake and several other strong temblors struck Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, killing at least one man and injuring several others one day after a 5.8 magnitude quake shook the island, officials said. Power outages and damage have been reported near the island's southern coast, including in the city of Ponce, where a 77-year-old man was killed and at least eight others were injured, Ponce emergency management director Angel Vasquez said Tuesday morning. The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m. (3:24 a.m. ET), centered just off Puerto Rico's southern coast, about 6 miles south of Indios town, the US Geological Survey said. Several other strong quakes followed, including a magnitude 5.8 temblor striking just south of Indios at 7:18 a.m., USGS said. The Inmaculda Concepion church in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, was damaged in Tuesday's 6.4 magnitude quake. The Inmaculda Concepion church in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, was damaged in Tuesday's 6.4 magnitude quake.

Riko Gonzalez and his parents were sleeping in their home in Yauco, near Indios, when the 6.4 quake struck. They awoke to a rumble and scurried out of the house. China and glasses were smashed on the kitchen floor, he said. It was "horrible, nothing compared to the (magnitude) 5s from yesterday," Gonzalez told CNN. "People are afraid to go to bed, to then be woken up to worse earthquakes than the day before," he said. In Guayanilla, just north of Indios, homes and a church were damaged, Mayor Nelson Torres said in a phone interview with CNN affiliate WAPA. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported widespread outages across the island after its power plants activated an auto protective mechanism following the earthquake.

(CNN)

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