3.2 km from In response to the pandemic, Direct Relief has been providing personal protective equipment, intensive-care unit supplies, and tents for triage and testing to hospitals and health centers. Epicenter at 17.818, -66.963 Subscribe in print for $20 today! Incredibly, the now-collapsed Agripina Seda School passed this kind of inspection the day before it collapsed. Potala Pastillo at 03:48 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.955, -66.84 (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:53:10 UTC (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:19:10 UTC How is this possible?”. READ MORE: This Could Be a Historic Election for Puerto Rico “That generation had to face the earthquake and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which severely affected the United States and Puerto Rico,” Huérfano said. Father Melvin Díaz Aponte inspects damage to the Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción church after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. After Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico, Thousands Still Without Shelter Or Power Some 2,000 people have been displaced, according to one humanitarian group's … Epicenter at 18.036, -66.806 Potala Pastillo 5.2 km from (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 19:42:25 UTC at 20:11 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 2020-12-15 15:12:37 UTC Indios Epicenter at 17.967, -66.994 Guánica Catalyst, a new journal published by Jacobin, is out now. They were the … There isn’t even a format that the engineers are supposed to follow. Epicenter at 18.008, -66.845 A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the U.S. territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas. at 15:12 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Maria Antonia Epicenter at 17.965, -66.943 But the DOE is unable to provide any kind of comprehensive description of the findings of these inspections or of earlier repairs which were carried out in the early 2000s. Print. Other earthquakes in the greater epicenter area Strongest earthquakes (since 1900) within a 150 km radius from this earthquake Guánica Epicenter at 17.918, -66.913 (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:29:45 UTC Crews are inspecting buildings in Puerto Rico to make sure they're safe after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit near the island last night. Epicenter at 17.942, -66.968 A series of quakes destroyed or damaged about 300 homes, and led Governor Wanda Vazquez to … This has had a devastating impact on many sectors including health, communication, electrical, as well as education. If there aren’t any cracks, it means that the previous earthquake didn’t cause damage, but [based on that kind of inspection] I cannot guarantee that it can resist a bigger or future earthquake. 2020-12-15 07:27:16 UTC “This is about prioritizing the lives of the people, of our children. (2.2 miles), Today at 08:17 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (47.2 miles), Today Help Us Stick Around for Many More. 2020-12-15 10:13:57 UTC at 16:24 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: (4.2 miles), Today (3.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:10:11 UTC (3.2 miles), Today The May 2, 2020, M 5.5 earthquake offshore of southwest Puerto Rico occurred as the result of oblique normal faulting at shallow depth. The inspections and repairs that the FADEP is calling for may take longer and cost more money. Tallaboa Tallaboa It’s the latest of a series of constant earthquakes that have struck the region this month. The engineers just write what they want to write, some of them are blank, some are more specific, others more general. (1.2 miles), Today 6.2 km from 2020-12-15 00:27:03 UTC The U.S. Geological Service reported that a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month. “Our recommendation is that these structures shouldn’t be used . at 09:29 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: Guánica at 01:38 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (4.2 miles). 2020-12-15 15:42:10 UTC An earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight others and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island. Tallaboa (5.2 miles), Today 4.2 km from Similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes and aftershocks in Puerto Rico are revealing the decidedly unnatural tragedies of disaster capitalism and colonialism. Epicenter at 17.975, -66.727 A 5.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the waters of southern Puerto Rico early Saturday, rattling the city of Ponce, according to the US Geological Survey. Puerto Rico’s southern coast was hit with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. 2020-12-15 09:05:26 UTC 2020-12-15 09:28:18 UTC According to the College of Engineers and Surveyors, the Agripina Seda School collapsed due to a cost-saving construction shortcut called a “short column” which buckles instead of bending in the case of an earthquake. The FADEP has requested meetings with representatives of the House and the Senate, the secretary of education, as well as Carlos Pesquera, the engineer who advises the governor, in order to present and discuss their concerns. 2020-12-15 05:35:11 UTC Puerto Ricans displaced by the worst earthquake in a century face shortages of housing inspectors and home inventories as well as delays in funding and for planning temporary housing. at 09:28 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: They are paying $1,200 per school for subcontractors to conduct walk-through inspections that assess visible signs of structural damage from past earthquakes. The American Federation of Teachers Isn’t Standing Against Austerity in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican People’s Assemblies Shift From Protest to Proposal, Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be the Same, Puerto Rico’s Privatizers Are Finally Getting What They Deserve. The Frente Amplio en Defensa de la Educación Pública (FADEP), a coalition of educator unions, community groups, and parent associations, is demanding that the government take the safety of school communities more seriously. A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Puerto Rico Saturday, jolting some residents from their beds and briefly knocking out … The life of any Puerto Rican child is worth more than any amount of money in the world.”. at 19:44 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: The Luis Muñoz Rivera School in Dorado is still shuttered despite having been the only tsunami-ready structure in its coastal neighborhood. 9.2 km from 7.2 km from Hundreds of other Puerto Rican schools have this defect and could collapse as a result of another strong earthquake. Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate faulting occurred as the result of slip on either a steeply dipping plane striking to the northeast, or on a moderately dipping plane striking to the southwest. 76.2 km from “History repeats itself at certain points.” 5.2 km from Tallaboa The quakes have been regularly occurring since December 28 and now an island-wide blackout is being reported. 0.2 km from As educators returned to school to get ready for classes, many of them were presented with building certifications from the DOE that left many more questions open than were answered. 3.2 km from A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. (5.2 miles), Today The ground in southwest Puerto Rico has been shaking since Dec. 28, with more than 1,280 earthquakes, of which more than 100 were felt and more than 70 were of magnitude 3.5 or greater. 36.2 km from Guánica 2020-12-15 02:10:33 UTC We simply will not let the experience of Hurricane Maria, in which so many people suffered and died unnecessarily, happen again. The turquoise and cream-colored, three-story building, which is located in the southern part of the island most affected by the tremors, fell like a deck of cards, each story flattening the one under it. (0.2 miles), Today 2020-12-15 11:34:09 UTC Epicenter at 17.958, -66.753 La Parguera 9.2 km from Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. La Parguera Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. Stella Yauco “As we saw with the ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher and the government of Ricardo Rosselló, the money was always there for the subcontractors, the privatization schemes, and the buying and selling of political favors. 3.2 km from Aftershock Forecast The forecast for Jan. 10 indicates the likelihood of large magnitude aftershocks continues to decrease as we move further away from the Jan. 7, 2020, M 6.4 earthquake. Tierras Nuevas Poniente Thousands remain in … Keleher also closed hundreds of structurally sound schools while cramming children into inferior, overcrowded facilities. A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico Wednesday morning. Epicenter at 17.932, -66.878 Between 2017 and 2018 the DOE under twice-indicted ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher spent millions of dollars on school inspections. at 00:39 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Puerto Rico’s Disasters After the Earthquakes, Get a $20 discounted print subscription today, The CIA’s Secret Global War Against the Left. The disasters have been worsened by the government’s lack of response to the earthquake’s devastation — especially on the island’s schools. 2020-12-15 20:23:53 UTC 2020-12-15 13:23:29 UTC The disasters have been worsened by the government’s lack of response to the earthquake’s devastation — especially on the island’s schools. at 15:42 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 07:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 5.2 km from 2020-12-15 08:33:04 UTC Twitter. Epicenter at 17.912, -66.785 Fuig at 05:46 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 2020-12-15 05:25:07 UTC (3.2 miles), Today Guánica at 08:33 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: The attacks on working people have also created a backlash and a resurgence of struggle which hold the promise of a different future for Puerto Rico, one in which the needs of ordinary people are prioritized over profits. Puerto Rico’s southern coast was hit with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. at 05:35 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - JANUARY 7: A man walks past a destroyed store after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guánica, Puerto Rico. Epicenter at 17.976, -66.731 Since the imposition of the PROMESA act under President Obama, Puerto Rico has been pressured to prioritize paying the debt over investment in public services. USGS partners with the PRSN and the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Program at University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez to collect seismic data and monitor earthquakes in the region. 4.2 km from (46.2 miles), Today People took to the streets starting in mid-January to call for the resignation of Governor Wanda Vásquez Garced and the President of the Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz after supplies meant for victims of Hurricane Maria were found collecting dust in several warehouses. Indios Puerto Rico earthquake: At least 1 dead, island without power. Guánica (6.2 miles), 2020-12-14 08:46:35 UTC According to Alicea, these repairs are straightforward and can be done within six to eight weeks with the required resources. 2020-12-15 01:38:41 UTC In his own unofficial inspection, he identified the school’s short-column design and recommended that the school be repaired before being used again. at 09:10 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: . Puerto Rico is currently on lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis, which has made it harder for people affected by the earthquake to receive aid. Puerto Rico's public utility, PREPA said 99% of its customers' electricity has been restored following last week's 6.4 earthquake. Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. (0.2 miles), Today “The problem is a lack of transparency, not a lack of funds,” twelfth-grade physics teacher Hugo J Delgado-Martí told me. . Email. at 08:46 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: The earthquake’s center was in the sea, south of Puerto Rico (star). Brenas The January 7, 2020, M 6.4 earthquake offshore of southwest Puerto Rico occurred as the result of oblique normal faulting at shallow depth. 7.2 km from Epicenter at 17.997, -66.493 She writes and translates frequently about labor and social movements in Puerto Rico. 2.2 km from And now there’s a new wave of struggle on the island calling for the resignation of government officials who have failed — yet again — to meet the needs of people who lost everything in a natural disaster. (3.2 miles), Today at 03:19 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.944, -66.916 As educators and students plan to go back to school, they are haunted by the images of the Agripina Seda School, which collapsed while students were on break for the holidays. (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:48:08 UTC A Puerto Rican flag waves on top of a pile of rubble as debris is removed from a main road in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after the earthquake. 17.2 km from 1.2 km from at 04:15 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (1.2 miles), Today 2.2 km from Today 5.2 km from In 1918, Puerto Rico had to deal with a massive 7.3 magnitude quake and a pandemic. Get a $20 discounted print subscription today! If this defect hasn’t been fixed yet, the structures simply shouldn’t be used under any circumstances,” Juan F. Alicea, the president of the College of Engineers and Surveyors, told Primera Hora. The earthquake was preceded by a series of smaller quakes in the south of … Epicenter at 19.154, -66.433 Already on our list? Any excuse to avoid a transparent process that reflects the real state of the schools and seeks to protect the school community will constitute an act of criminal negligence . (Eric Rojas / Getty Images). (11.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 19.138, -66.443 2.2 km from at 20:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: La Romana The earthquakes have shaken the island, killing at least one person, destroying buildings and homes, and leaving about two-thirds of the island without power. To date, they have received no response despite the in-depth proposals that they crafted with engineers and experts in the field. Despite the fact that earthquakes are ongoing, and that Secretary of Education Eligio Hernández Pérez admitted in a radio interview that 95 percent of schools are not earthquake-resistant, these inspections do not look for design flaws that make the buildings vulnerable to future earthquakes. Epicenter at 18.166, -67.553 . Puerto Rico has had: (M1.5 or greater) 14 earthquakes in the past 24 hours 100 earthquakes in the past 7 days; 454 earthquakes in the past 30 days; 9,434 earthquakes in the past 365 days Epicenter at 17.916, -66.957 at 19:31 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 05:25 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Mercedes Martínez Padilla, president of the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico (FMPR) explains: The authorities must understand that what we are talking about here are the lives of our students, teachers, and school personnel. . Keleher, who is charged with corruption, bribery, and fraud, is now under investigation for giving away school land in San Juan to a developer in exchange for an apartment in a gentrifying neighborhood that she lived in for six months for $1 a month before buying it below market value. Epicenter at 18.016, -66.485 Monique is a member of the American Federation of Teachers and a supporter of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. at 09:53 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: An engineer from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, José A. Martínez-Cruzado, visited the school between earthquakes, when it was still standing. 2020-12-15 00:39:04 UTC We discuss why the United States’ institutional breakdown won’t stop after Trump leaves office and what can be done to improve things for working people. Puerto Rico Region: Aug 11 03:30: 3.0: 13: MAP I Felt It INFO: FOLLOW earthquake-report.com on TWITTER : @ShakingEarth . (1.2 miles), Today 2.2 km from Epicenter at 18.008, -66.788 at 19:42 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island on Monday, wiping out the natural structure. 2020-12-15 20:11:17 UTC 5.2 km from The US Geological Survey said the recent earthquake was an aftershock of a 6.4-magnitude tremor that struck Puerto Rico in January. 2020-12-15 04:15:21 UTC Guayanilla 2020-12-15 19:31:16 UTC at 00:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 2.2 km from Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate faulting occurred as the result of slip on either a moderately dipping plane striking just north of west, or on a moderately dipping plane striking just west of south. “All faculty and personnel need at least five days of preparation and training in order to get up to speed with the new reality in schools and in order to establish and roll out protocol for the case of another emergency,” explained the president of the National Union of Educators and Education Workers (UNETE), Liza Fournier Córdova, who is also an elementary school English teacher. We’re Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. Our new issue – asking whether the US is a failed state – is out now. Similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the […]. (3.2 miles), Today A 5.2 magnitude aftershock hit Puerto Rico's southern coast on Friday afternoon, days after an earthquake shook the island and left much of it without power. Guánica Subscribe to ad-free EarthquakeTrack Plus for the best earthquake tracking experience plus additional features and subscriber-only perks. 2020-12-15 08:17:29 UTC at 13:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 2020-12-15 19:44:12 UTC Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. Guánica 3.2 km from at 10:13 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Indios (3.2 miles), Today There’s an unlimited budget for repression, but when it comes to financing our schools they claim bankruptcy.”, “We can’t be trembling with fear and anguish every time the earth shakes out of fear that our children’s school might collapse,” science teacher Anés Cedeño Soto told me. But in Puerto Rico, where there is a severe economic crisis, high unemployment, low wages, and a very high cost of living, there is also a fight underway over where the vast resources of society should be spent. Epicenter at 17.924, -66.979 Salvaleón de Higüey 8.2 km from Martínez-Cruzado explained to Metro PR how a building could pass a DOE inspection one day but fall to the ground the next: You can inspect a structure and see if it is cracked or not, but that does not mean that in the future it can necessarily withstand a larger earthquake. Epicenter at 17.946, -66.962 Epicenter at 18.493, -68.98 Guayanilla at 11:34 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Puerto Rico hit with 6.5 magnitude earthquake, island-wide blackout reported. Epicenter at 17.946, -66.842 The FMPR, along with community groups, is demanding that the school and others like it be reevaluated and, if it is confirmed to be earthquake-resistant, reopened immediately. Members of the FADEP aren’t waiting around for the DOE to do the right thing. As a part of this public outcry and call for accountability, parents and educators are denouncing the Department of Education’s (DOE) rushed inspection process that doesn’t fully certify the safety of schools. 14.2 km from According to Reuters, Friday's earthquake took place at 6:26 p.m. local time, its epicenter located approximately two and a half miles from Indios on the southern coast. 2.2 km from (3.2 miles), Today The 6.4 magnitude earthquake was the most severe in a series of tremors off the US territory over the past 10 days. Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after the island’s strongest earthquake in 100 years. News Puerto Rico rocked by 5.4 magnitude earthquake. (8.2 miles), Today Unfortunately, the DOE has a different plan in mind. The latest in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks struck off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico just before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. at 02:10 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (22.2 miles), 2020-12-14 16:24:12 UTC (1.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 17.974, -66.945 Schools are starting to reopen after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico in the early morning hours of January 7, the day after Three Kings’ Day. (1.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 18.522, -68.8 This must include: first aid training; emotional support services for staff; emergency and earthquake management workshops; discussions of the specific emergency protocols in each school with their unique circumstances; a reevaluation and reworking of school structures in order to create smaller class sizes that are more manageable in the case of an emergency; a familiarization with evacuation routes and meet-up points at each campus; as well as a discussion of the walk-through inspections that were done. 2020-12-15 05:46:24 UTC Potala Pastillo We have seen [in this most recent government scandal] that the government could spend $10,000 a month to warehouse supplies which were supposed to be distributed after Hurricane Maria. at 09:05 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Puerto Ricans were jolted awake again early Tuesday, as a 6.4 quake struck off the island's southwest coast. 74.2 km from Schools are starting to reopen after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico in the early morning hours of January 7, the day after Three Kings’ Day. 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