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A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico
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A 5.0 Earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico Saturday, the Associated Press reported

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake occurred near the southern coastal city of Guayanilla, on the opposite side of the capitol, San Juan. One landslide has been reported so far. 

On Friday, hundreds of people were evacuated from an earthquake shelter after heavy rains hit the region. This comes after a month of earthquakes striking the island, raising concerns about the U.S. territory’s infrastructure.

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Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left thousands of U.S. citizens without power for over a year.

In February of 2019, Congress approved an $8.3 billion package in redevelopment funds to be managed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), though less than $2 billion of that package made its way to Puerto Rico by the storm’s two-year anniversary.