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Puerto Ricans flee island after earthquakes

"Up until today, the ground has been shaking." Puerto Rican families have no choice but to flee their homes as earthquakes continue.

No choice but to flee

“Our lives completely, have completely changed since December 28, and up until today the ground has been shaking.”

“We don’t have any idea of when we’re going to go back to Puerto Rico because once again, our homes are located in the area where the strongest earthquakes of the island are.”

2,500 earthquakes in Puerto Rico More than 2,500 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since December 28, 2019. And Puerto Ricans are uncertain about their future as more activity is being predicted.

Why are there so many earthquakes in Puerto Rico? “At about three times the size of Rhode Island, Puerto Rico is squeezed between the border of the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates…The Puerto Rico Trench, north of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, is an undersea fault zone. The North American plate is sliding under the Caribbean plate there, creating the potential for earthquakes and undersea landslides that can set off tsunamis.”, The New York Times reports.

Some Puerto Rican families have decided to flee the island Hernán, Sharon, and Felipe are staying at their relative’s in Harlem within New York City. They live in the southern region of the island, the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit the island on January 7 forced them to leave. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have slept outside or in shelters, fearing new tremors.

The earthquakes have caused loss of power, loss of water, damaged homes, millions of dollars in property damage. And many Puerto Ricans are dealing with PTSD.

Call to action On January 23, Puerto Ricans took to the streets over unused emergency aid, some of which dated to when Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017. Different states have sent emergency crew members to help with earthquake recovery. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the deployment of state building inspectors and mental health professionals to assist Puerto Ricans. “They need significant help to go back and actually inspect all these homes so you can give the homeowner comfort that your home has been inspected, it’s safe. Even if you do that, there’s still the question of, “is there going to be another earthquake that actually damages that home that hasn’t been damaged. So, that’s a significant issue.”, Governor Cuomo reveals.

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02/08/2020 11:19 AM
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26 comments

  • Ana E.
    a day

    NUESTRO CORAZON ESTA CON TODOS USTEDES NUESTROS HERMANOS BORICUAS YO TENIA PREMONICION D Q TENIA Q ESCAPAR D LA ISLA DESDE EL 2015 Y UN PRIMO MIO ME DIJO ESTAS SUGESTIONADA PERO YO SABIA Q NO Y SIENTO MUCHA TRISTEZA POR LOS 2 CARASTROFES Y EL RESTO D MI FAMILIA Q AUN ESTAN ALLA

  • Maribel M.
    4 days

    Mi patria amada. Cuánto me Duele verte así Dios te Bendiga mi Lindo Puerto Rico

  • Ada C.
    5 days

    Que Dios Los cuide y bendiga

  • Sandra N.
    5 days

    Que tristeza tan grande Dios ten misericordia de todos tu eres el Que todo lo puede bendicecesa gente que tanto nesecita de ti padre celestial🙏

  • Jessie G.
    5 days

    Bendicciones para todo Puerto Rico

  • Irma V.
    5 days

    DE. DIA. Y. NOCHES. OREN

  • Irma V.
    5 days

    OREM. SALMO. 51

  • Irma V.
    5 days

    pongansen. en. oracion. de. RODILLAS

  • Mayra G.
    5 days

    Wow que triste pero están vivos y bienvenidos a NYC; si desean cojan terapias emocional y hací puedan a aprender a vivir con esa pesadilla que yo sé que juntos van ha hechas hacia adelante aunque la vida acá es diferente pero luego se acostumbraran con el favor de Dios

  • Maritza S.
    6 days

    Triste nuestra realidad al momento especialmente a nuestros hermanos del sur y todos aquellos en otras zonas que también han tenido pérdidas, nuestras Oraciones con ellos solicitando la Misericordia de Dios

  • Midge C.
    6 days

    Prayers

  • Sol B.
    6 days

    My Island

  • Celeste G.
    6 days

    K pena

  • Ruth G.
    7 days

    Que triste esta familia perdio Todo y tubieron que venir para New York con su hijo gracias a Dios estan bien

  • J.M. R.
    7 days

    Well let me tell you lots of eartjquakes are Man made chile.nicaragua.japan political leaders were paid hundreeds of thousands dollars for allowing powerfull countries to do nuclear tests in their territory mostly at sea mother Nature is and it allways has been armonised and ruled by the allmighty God so it cannot be too wrong and if happened sometimes it is used by the karma to make us pay for something we did wrong.

  • Lucy M.
    7 days

    No pierda la fe Dio trabaja para tarte algo mejor para ty y fam Dio te Bendinga BeBe amen Gracia...🙏❤

  • Miguel A.
    02/21/2020 06:02

    Nadie quiere decir la verdad. Los Americanos están taladrando los suelos del mar exactamente dónde están ocurriendo los terremotos. Ellos saben lo que le sucederá a Puerto Rico si continúan con estas exploraciones. Están eligiendo nuestra vida humana a cambio de gas y petróleo. Que al final los hace rico a ellos. Y no nos beneficia para nada a la isla. Al contrario.....esa parte de la isla será historia e ocultada el crimen contra nuestra humanidad.

  • Julian R.
    02/19/2020 16:58

    👍👍👍❤️🇵🇷❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Ivette C.
    02/19/2020 13:46

    Todo el mundo lo ciente el tembló y sigue todavía Meda pena mucho pero Meda pena q la gente se valla de puertorico dónde quiera ay templo en todas partes y en nueva York también en todas partes. Mí opinión

  • Mariana Z.
    02/19/2020 13:02

    Lo siento mucho palante boricua somos fuerte con la ayuda de Dios