Transcript for 5.8 earthquake, more than 13 aftershocks hit Puerto Rico
this Monday night, that earthquake rocking Puerto Rico. The 5.8 quake striking as people slept, damaging homes, knocking at power and threatening landslides. It is the latest challenge to the island, still reeling from devastating hurricanes two years ago. Here's ABC's Victor Oquendo tonight. Reporter: Tonight, Puerto Rico rocked by a 5.8 earthquake. In this neighborhood, houses cracked, shaken right off their foundations. Power poles snapped, stretching across the street. And look at this home, the top floor collapsed, pancaking both cars parked below. It was one of the strongest quakes to ever hit the U.S. Territory, causing small landslides on this highway. Drivers forced to avoid Boulders during their morning commute. Officials say tremors have been hitting the area since late December. The quake striking at 6:32 A.M., local time, less than ten miles off the southwest coast near the major city of Ponce. A place we visited a few months ago. Still so vulnerable more than two years after Maria. A lot of water comes right inside the house. More than 13 aftershocks hit today. Ahh! Reporter: This station live on the air during one of them. Despite the damage, thankfully, no injuries have been reported. Officials say that people on the southwest side of the island need to remain on high alert. Puerto Rico sits along the border of two techtonic plates so earthquakes are a way of life. The best advice for anyone, wait for an engineer to clear your home before returning inside. David? Victor, our thanks to you. And we turn now to the
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