Majority of Puerto Ricans Without Power and Water After Earthquake

Majority of Puerto Ricans Without Power and Water After Earthquake

(UnitedVoice.com) – About two-thirds of people in Puerto Rico don’t have electricity or water following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake.

The US territory was first hit by a 5.8 tremor on Monday. The following day the 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit, causing one death and island-wide loss of power. Part of the reason so many people are without power is that the island’s power plants had some damage and were shut off.

Wanda Vazquez, Governor of Puerto Rico, has declared a state of emergency and US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently reviewing her request. During a press conference on Tuesday, Vazquez said that this is the worst emergency situation that Puerto Rico has seen “in 102 years.”

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Many residents are saying that things are worse now than when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago because when the earthquakes hit, they had no warning.

FEMA will provide aid to help with local response efforts.

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