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Damage reported after Puerto Rico, Greece rocked by strong earthquakes

Saturday, May 2nd 2020, 10:34 am - The earthquakes struck the two countries, at different times, Saturday

Both Puerto Rico and Greece were hit by strong earthquakes Saturday, registering magnitudes of 5.4 and 6.6, respectively.

The Greek tremor occurred 89 kilometres south of Ierapetra, near Crete, on Saturday at approximately 2 p.m. local time, according to media reports. It was recorded at a depth of 17 kilometres below surface level in the Mediterranean Sea. It is not known yet if there were any damage or injuries.


The Puerto Rico tremor struck Saturday at a shallow depth of nine kilometres near Ponce and the towns of Guanica and Guayanilla. The quake briefly knocked out power and shook many residents from their beds. There were no immediate reports of casualties.


Reports of damage are still filtering in to local media outlets, with at least one second-storey balcony crashing in southern area of Ponce, while there are accounts of cracks in homes in Guayanilla. Several aftershocks reportedly hit Puerto Rico's southern region, including a 4.9-magnitude tremor.

Stay tuned to The Weather Network for the latest updates on the earthquakes, as these are developing stories.

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