Puerto Rican natural wonder Punta Ventana, a soaring stone arch along the southern coast, collapsed after 5.8 magnitude earthquake.
Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory of 3.2 million, has been jolted by a series of earthquakes that began on Dec. 28. Monday’s tremor was knocking several homes off their foundations and causing rockslides along some roads. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a series of more than 15 smaller earthquakes and aftershocks in the waters off southeastern Puerto Rico Monday. The latest earthquake comes less than 24 hours after, and was 6.4. There are people injured and at least one died. A tsunami warning was not issued. The Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez Garced asked residents to remain calm.
Puenta Ventana before and after earthquake
Jose Ortiz, the CEO of the Electric Power Authority in Puerto Rico, confirmed there's damage to the Central Costa Sur power plant in the southern part of the island. The authority said all of their power plants had gone offline due to a self-protective feature that was activated following the earthquake. The quakes come as the North American plate and the Caribbean plate squeeze Puerto Rico. One of the largest and most damaging earthquakes to hit Puerto Rico occurred in October 1918, when a magnitude 7.3 quake killed 116 people.