Good Monday morning! A fairly strong earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean shook Puerto Rico early Monday… causing minor damage in some places.
There were reports of items falling in homes and dozens said they felt buildings sway in the capital of San Juan… about 61 miles from the quake's epicenter.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4 and struck just after midnight about 35 miles north of Hatillo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles deep.
Puerto Rico's emergency management agency said there was no tsunami warning and that no injuries have been reported.
Earthquakes of similar magnitude have struck near Puerto Rico in recent years… including a 5.4-magnitude one that shook the U.S. territory in March 2011 and another one of the same magnitude that struck on Christmas Eve in 2010.
Here is the Public Tsunami Information Statement from the Tsunami Warning Center.
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PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1204 AM AST MON JAN 13 2014
...THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR THE U.S. AND CANADA
EAST COASTS/ GULF OF MEXICO STATES/PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN
* THERE IS NO TSUNAMI DANGER FOR THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.
* BASED ON EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION AND HISTORIC TSUNAMI RECORDS
THE EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE A TSUNAMI.
* AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH PARAMETERS LISTED BELOW.
PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
* MAGNITUDE 6.4
* ORIGIN TIME 2301 EST JAN 12 2014
0001 AST JAN 13 2014
2201 CST JAN 12 2014
0401 UTC JAN 13 2014
* COORDINATES 19.4 NORTH 66.8 WEST
* DEPTH 1 MILES
* LOCATION 85 MILES NE OF MAYAGUEZ PUERTO RICO
80 MILES NW OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
* THIS WILL BE THE ONLY U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
MESSAGE FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
* REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR
* CARIBBEAN COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN
ISLANDS SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
MESSAGES AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.
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