Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency last week and is seeking the us government to declare the earthquakes a major disaster, which would free up more federal funding for aid as damage as of last week totaling up to $110 million.
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez declared a state of emergency after Tuesday's quake, which forced an automatic shutdown of the power grid.
California is sending a team of disaster specialists on Sunday to help Puerto Rico recover from a series of earthquakes that caused more than $100 million in damage along the island's southern coast, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services announced.
"Everyone is on the street", she said.
The morning quake caused further damage along the islandþÄôs southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. That temblor killed one person, injured nine others and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and several schools and businesses in the island's southwest region. Reporter David Begnaud tweeted that camps set up by the Puerto Rico National Guard, which will house upwards of 500 evacuees each, are going up in five affected cities. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next 1 Week, with 40 to 230 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks. The network has more than 20 sensors installed around the island to detect natural disaster magnitude.
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More aftershocks are expected.
Mr. Trump has not yet signed the major disaster declaration.
The territory is still reeling from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which was the most destructive storm in the modern history of the island.
But, FEMA's top official in Puerto Rico, Alex Amparo, said they're not waiting.
"We will serve as collection center in this effort", Vega said. "The tremendous amount of mutual aid that's happening from the island, I'm sure you saw on your way here".