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A 5.8 magnitude
earthquake rocked Puerto Rico early Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Service.
PHOTO: A house is seen collapsed on its foundation after an earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Jan. 6, 2020. (Ricardo Ortiz/Reuters)
The quake struck off the southern coast of
the U.S. territory in the Caribbean Sea at a shallow depth of 6 kilometers, or under 4 miles. The epicenter was recorded just 8 miles south of Indios, Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (MORE: Already bracing for tropical depression, Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 earthquake)
It's the latest in a string of earthquakes to hit the island's southern region over the past several days.
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Angel Vazquez, the emergency management director for the city of Ponce, 17 miles east of Indios, told
The Associated Press that the shaking from Monday's quake "lasted a long time."
PHOTO: A Puerto Rican flag hangs from the porch of a home that collapsed on top of parked cars after an earthquake hit Guanica, Puerto Rico, Jan. 6, 2020. (Carlos Giusti/AP)
"This is one of the strongest quakes to date since it started shaking on Dec. 28," he said.