at 15:12 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: The Luis Muñoz Rivera School in Dorado is still shuttered despite having been the only tsunami-ready structure in its coastal neighborhood. A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico Wednesday morning. Martínez Padilla, who has been collecting reports from schools all over the island, explained, “These certifications are a disaster, a completely botched job. If this defect hasn’t been fixed yet, the structures simply shouldn’t be used under any circumstances,” Juan F. Alicea, the president of the College of Engineers and Surveyors, told Primera Hora. There isn’t even a format that the engineers are supposed to follow. 2020-12-15 19:31:16 UTC To date, they have received no response despite the in-depth proposals that they crafted with engineers and experts in the field. 36.2 km from 17.2 km from (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:29:45 UTC And now there’s a new wave of struggle on the island calling for the resignation of government officials who have failed — yet again — to meet the needs of people who lost everything in a natural disaster. Thousands remain in … The U.S. Geological Service reported that a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press. They were the … (6.2 miles), 2020-12-14 08:46:35 UTC (1.2 miles), Today Catalyst, a new journal published by Jacobin, is out now. at 08:46 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: The earthquakes have shaken the island, killing at least one person, destroying buildings and homes, and leaving about two-thirds of the island without power. Epicenter at 19.154, -66.433 Already on our list? 2.2 km from We simply will not let the experience of Hurricane Maria, in which so many people suffered and died unnecessarily, happen again. Epicenter at 18.008, -66.845 Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. Similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the […]. 74.2 km from They are paying $1,200 per school for subcontractors to conduct walk-through inspections that assess visible signs of structural damage from past earthquakes. Guayanilla Epicenter at 17.942, -66.968 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island on Monday, wiping out the natural structure. Puerto Rico’s southern coast was hit with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. 5.2 km from Unfortunately, the DOE has a different plan in mind. “Our recommendation is that these structures shouldn’t be used . (1.2 miles), Today Stella Schools are starting to reopen after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico in the early morning hours of January 7, the day after Three Kings’ Day. A Puerto Rican flag waves on top of a pile of rubble as debris is removed from a main road in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after the earthquake. Guayanilla The US Geological Survey said the recent earthquake was an aftershock of a 6.4-magnitude tremor that struck Puerto Rico in January. Guánica at 05:46 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: The FADEP has requested meetings with representatives of the House and the Senate, the secretary of education, as well as Carlos Pesquera, the engineer who advises the governor, in order to present and discuss their concerns. Similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes and aftershocks in Puerto Rico are revealing the decidedly unnatural tragedies of disaster capitalism and colonialism. Tallaboa Get a $20 discounted print subscription today! The May 2, 2020, M 5.5 earthquake offshore of southwest Puerto Rico occurred as the result of oblique normal faulting at shallow depth. The disasters have been worsened by the government’s lack of response to the earthquake’s devastation — especially on the island’s schools. (3.2 miles), Today The ground in southwest Puerto Rico has been shaking since Dec. 28, with more than 1,280 earthquakes, of which more than 100 were felt and more than 70 were of magnitude 3.5 or greater. 5.2 km from Martínez-Cruzado explained to Metro PR how a building could pass a DOE inspection one day but fall to the ground the next: You can inspect a structure and see if it is cracked or not, but that does not mean that in the future it can necessarily withstand a larger earthquake. Guánica Epicenter at 19.138, -66.443 Salvaleón de Higüey 2020-12-15 20:11:17 UTC (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:48:08 UTC In 1918, Puerto Rico had to deal with a massive 7.3 magnitude quake and a pandemic. at 07:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Keleher also closed hundreds of structurally sound schools while cramming children into inferior, overcrowded facilities. This has had a devastating impact on many sectors including health, communication, electrical, as well as education. 2020-12-15 05:35:11 UTC 2.2 km from 2020-12-15 01:38:41 UTC Since the imposition of the PROMESA act under President Obama, Puerto Rico has been pressured to prioritize paying the debt over investment in public services. GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - JANUARY 7: A man walks past a destroyed store after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guánica, Puerto Rico. (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:19:10 UTC Epicenter at 17.951, -66.941 at 08:33 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.818, -66.963 (1.2 miles), Today at 16:24 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: (3.2 miles), Today Indios News Puerto Rico rocked by 5.4 magnitude earthquake. Epicenter at 18.007, -66.486 Monique is a member of the American Federation of Teachers and a supporter of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. at 15:42 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (5.2 miles), Today 2020-12-15 08:33:04 UTC As educators returned to school to get ready for classes, many of them were presented with building certifications from the DOE that left many more questions open than were answered. 2020-12-15 00:27:03 UTC 9.2 km from “All faculty and personnel need at least five days of preparation and training in order to get up to speed with the new reality in schools and in order to establish and roll out protocol for the case of another emergency,” explained the president of the National Union of Educators and Education Workers (UNETE), Liza Fournier Córdova, who is also an elementary school English teacher. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate faulting occurred as the result of slip on either a moderately dipping plane striking just north of west, or on a moderately dipping plane striking just west of south. Yauco Epicenter at 17.946, -66.962 2020-12-15 09:05:26 UTC at 13:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Potala Pastillo 2.2 km from 2020-12-15 02:10:33 UTC at 05:35 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 20:11 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Puerto Rico’s southern coast was hit with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. Epicenter at 17.974, -66.945 Epicenter at 18.003, -66.736 at 19:44 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (4.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 17.924, -66.979 2020-12-15 20:23:53 UTC Epicenter at 18.036, -66.806 Epicenter at 18.493, -68.98 Father Melvin Díaz Aponte inspects damage to the Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción church after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. (5.2 miles), Today (3.2 miles), Today If there aren’t any cracks, it means that the previous earthquake didn’t cause damage, but [based on that kind of inspection] I cannot guarantee that it can resist a bigger or future earthquake. at 05:25 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: READ MORE: This Could Be a Historic Election for Puerto Rico “That generation had to face the earthquake and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which severely affected the United States and Puerto Rico,” Huérfano said. Print. (Eric Rojas / Getty Images). “The problem is a lack of transparency, not a lack of funds,” twelfth-grade physics teacher Hugo J Delgado-Martí told me. Epicenter at 17.946, -66.842 2020-12-15 09:28:18 UTC (4.2 miles). Puerto Rico's public utility, PREPA said 99% of its customers' electricity has been restored following last week's 6.4 earthquake. 1.2 km from Puerto Rico Region: Aug 11 03:30: 3.0: 13: MAP I Felt It INFO: FOLLOW earthquake-report.com on TWITTER : @ShakingEarth . Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate faulting occurred as the result of slip on either a steeply dipping plane striking to the northeast, or on a moderately dipping plane striking to the southwest. (11.2 miles), Today A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month. After earthquakes, Puerto Rico’s major power plant to stay dark. 3.2 km from Epicenter at 17.916, -66.957 Epicenter at 17.958, -66.753 Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. La Parguera 5.2 km from (1.2 miles), Today Despite the fact that earthquakes are ongoing, and that Secretary of Education Eligio Hernández Pérez admitted in a radio interview that 95 percent of schools are not earthquake-resistant, these inspections do not look for design flaws that make the buildings vulnerable to future earthquakes. (46.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 17.997, -66.493 This must include: first aid training; emotional support services for staff; emergency and earthquake management workshops; discussions of the specific emergency protocols in each school with their unique circumstances; a reevaluation and reworking of school structures in order to create smaller class sizes that are more manageable in the case of an emergency; a familiarization with evacuation routes and meet-up points at each campus; as well as a discussion of the walk-through inspections that were done. at 19:42 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 18.016, -66.485 People took to the streets starting in mid-January to call for the resignation of Governor Wanda Vásquez Garced and the President of the Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz after supplies meant for victims of Hurricane Maria were found collecting dust in several warehouses. A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Puerto Rico Saturday, jolting some residents from their beds and briefly knocking out … Guánica Epicenter at 17.944, -66.916 (47.2 miles), Today (22.2 miles), 2020-12-14 16:24:12 UTC It’s the latest of a series of constant earthquakes that have struck the region this month. How is this possible?”. at 09:53 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: USGS partners with the PRSN and the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Program at University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez to collect seismic data and monitor earthquakes in the region. Puerto Rico is currently on lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis, which has made it harder for people affected by the earthquake to receive aid. Tallaboa 2.2 km from The FMPR, along with community groups, is demanding that the school and others like it be reevaluated and, if it is confirmed to be earthquake-resistant, reopened immediately. (8.2 miles), Today Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. She writes and translates frequently about labor and social movements in Puerto Rico. Any excuse to avoid a transparent process that reflects the real state of the schools and seeks to protect the school community will constitute an act of criminal negligence . The engineers just write what they want to write, some of them are blank, some are more specific, others more general. But in Puerto Rico, where there is a severe economic crisis, high unemployment, low wages, and a very high cost of living, there is also a fight underway over where the vast resources of society should be spent. (3.2 miles), Today 2.2 km from Epicenter at 17.912, -66.785 “This is about prioritizing the lives of the people, of our children. Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. After Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico, Thousands Still Without Shelter Or Power Some 2,000 people have been displaced, according to one humanitarian group's … Today Other earthquakes in the greater epicenter area Strongest earthquakes (since 1900) within a 150 km radius from this earthquake Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. at 20:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.967, -66.994 A 5.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the waters of southern Puerto Rico early Saturday, rattling the city of Ponce, according to the US Geological Survey. (0.2 miles), Today (3.2 miles), Today A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. Members of the FADEP aren’t waiting around for the DOE to do the right thing. 2.2 km from Potala Pastillo The inspections and repairs that the FADEP is calling for may take longer and cost more money. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake was the most severe in a series of tremors off the US territory over the past 10 days. 2020-12-15 08:17:29 UTC There’s an unlimited budget for repression, but when it comes to financing our schools they claim bankruptcy.”, “We can’t be trembling with fear and anguish every time the earth shakes out of fear that our children’s school might collapse,” science teacher Anés Cedeño Soto told me. Email. (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 19:42:25 UTC According to the College of Engineers and Surveyors, the Agripina Seda School collapsed due to a cost-saving construction shortcut called a “short column” which buckles instead of bending in the case of an earthquake. Guánica at 09:05 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: We discuss why the United States’ institutional breakdown won’t stop after Trump leaves office and what can be done to improve things for working people. Epicenter at 17.918, -66.913 5.2 km from Brenas (2.2 miles), Today According to Reuters, Friday's earthquake took place at 6:26 p.m. local time, its epicenter located approximately two and a half miles from Indios on the southern coast. at 02:10 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.955, -66.84 The earthquake’s center was in the sea, south of Puerto Rico (star). The quakes have been regularly occurring since December 28 and now an island-wide blackout is being reported. “History repeats itself at certain points.” Tallaboa The Frente Amplio en Defensa de la Educación Pública (FADEP), a coalition of educator unions, community groups, and parent associations, is demanding that the government take the safety of school communities more seriously. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the U.S. territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas. 6.2 km from Guánica 4.2 km from The disasters have been worsened by the government’s lack of response to the earthquake’s devastation — especially on the island’s schools. 2020-12-15 07:27:16 UTC Potala Pastillo Epicenter at 18.008, -66.788 at 00:39 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:53:10 UTC Puerto Rico has had: (M1.5 or greater) 14 earthquakes in the past 24 hours 100 earthquakes in the past 7 days; 454 earthquakes in the past 30 days; 9,434 earthquakes in the past 365 days An earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight others and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island. Guánica Help Us Stick Around for Many More. Between 2017 and 2018 the DOE under twice-indicted ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher spent millions of dollars on school inspections. Puerto Ricans displaced by the worst earthquake in a century face shortages of housing inspectors and home inventories as well as delays in funding and for planning temporary housing. at 03:48 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: According to Alicea, these repairs are straightforward and can be done within six to eight weeks with the required resources. at 00:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Schools are starting to reopen after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico in the early morning hours of January 7, the day after Three Kings’ Day. The attacks on working people have also created a backlash and a resurgence of struggle which hold the promise of a different future for Puerto Rico, one in which the needs of ordinary people are prioritized over profits. We have seen [in this most recent government scandal] that the government could spend $10,000 a month to warehouse supplies which were supposed to be distributed after Hurricane Maria. 2020-12-15 05:46:24 UTC Guánica But the DOE is unable to provide any kind of comprehensive description of the findings of these inspections or of earlier repairs which were carried out in the early 2000s. 2020-12-15 15:42:10 UTC 2020-12-15 11:34:09 UTC The latest in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks struck off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico just before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Puerto Ricans were jolted awake again early Tuesday, as a 6.4 quake struck off the island's southwest coast. Mercedes Martínez Padilla, president of the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico (FMPR) explains: The authorities must understand that what we are talking about here are the lives of our students, teachers, and school personnel. The American Federation of Teachers Isn’t Standing Against Austerity in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican People’s Assemblies Shift From Protest to Proposal, Puerto Rican Politics Will Never Be the Same, Puerto Rico’s Privatizers Are Finally Getting What They Deserve. 4.2 km from 2020-12-15 10:13:57 UTC . Epicenter at 17.965, -66.943 at 19:31 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Latest earthquakes in Puerto Rico Updated 11 Dec 2020 10:19 GMT - During Mar 2019, Puerto Rico was shaken by 1 quake of magnitude 4.6, 16 quakes between … 7.2 km from 5.2 km from Indios Guánica 2020-12-15 19:44:12 UTC Indios In his own unofficial inspection, he identified the school’s short-column design and recommended that the school be repaired before being used again. As educators and students plan to go back to school, they are haunted by the images of the Agripina Seda School, which collapsed while students were on break for the holidays. Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after the island’s strongest earthquake in 100 years. at 03:19 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: 8.2 km from (1.2 miles), Today Puerto Rico earthquake: At least 1 dead, island without power. Puerto Rico hit with 6.5 magnitude earthquake, island-wide blackout reported. Twitter. 2020-12-15 04:15:21 UTC In response to the pandemic, Direct Relief has been providing personal protective equipment, intensive-care unit supplies, and tents for triage and testing to hospitals and health centers. Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. Subscribe in print for $20 today! 2020-12-15 15:12:37 UTC A 5.2 magnitude aftershock hit Puerto Rico's southern coast on Friday afternoon, days after an earthquake shook the island and left much of it without power. We’re Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. Puerto Rico’s Disasters After the Earthquakes, Get a $20 discounted print subscription today, The CIA’s Secret Global War Against the Left. Epicenter at 18.166, -67.553 Crews are inspecting buildings in Puerto Rico to make sure they're safe after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit near the island last night. Tierras Nuevas Poniente at 11:34 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 14.2 km from The life of any Puerto Rican child is worth more than any amount of money in the world.”. Epicenter at 17.976, -66.731 Keleher, who is charged with corruption, bribery, and fraud, is now under investigation for giving away school land in San Juan to a developer in exchange for an apartment in a gentrifying neighborhood that she lived in for six months for $1 a month before buying it below market value. at 09:29 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: A series of quakes destroyed or damaged about 300 homes, and led Governor Wanda Vazquez to … 3.2 km from As a part of this public outcry and call for accountability, parents and educators are denouncing the Department of Education’s (DOE) rushed inspection process that doesn’t fully certify the safety of schools. The earthquake was preceded by a series of smaller quakes in the south of … The turquoise and cream-colored, three-story building, which is located in the southern part of the island most affected by the tremors, fell like a deck of cards, each story flattening the one under it. at 09:10 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: at 04:15 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Subscribe to ad-free EarthquakeTrack Plus for the best earthquake tracking experience plus additional features and subscriber-only perks. Tallaboa . La Parguera Fuig The January 7, 2020, M 6.4 earthquake offshore of southwest Puerto Rico occurred as the result of oblique normal faulting at shallow depth. 0.2 km from 9.2 km from 2020-12-15 00:39:04 UTC Epicenter at 17.975, -66.727 “As we saw with the ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher and the government of Ricardo Rosselló, the money was always there for the subcontractors, the privatization schemes, and the buying and selling of political favors. (3.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:10:11 UTC at 10:13 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.932, -66.878 Epicenter at 18.522, -68.8 3.2 km from at 08:17 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (3.2 miles), Today Monique Dols is an NYC-based socialist and early childhood educator who has been involved in global justice, antiwar, and solidarity movements. Aftershock Forecast The forecast for Jan. 10 indicates the likelihood of large magnitude aftershocks continues to decrease as we move further away from the Jan. 7, 2020, M 6.4 earthquake. . 3.2 km from 76.2 km from 7.2 km from Our new issue – asking whether the US is a failed state – is out now. (0.2 miles), Today Hundreds of other Puerto Rican schools have this defect and could collapse as a result of another strong earthquake. Maria Antonia La Romana An engineer from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, José A. 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