We simply will not let the experience of Hurricane Maria, in which so many people suffered and died unnecessarily, happen again. 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. (4.2 miles), Today (5.2 miles), Today 2020-12-15 08:17:29 UTC 2.2 km from (3.2 miles), Today (2.2 miles), Today 2020-12-15 11:34:09 UTC (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:19:10 UTC at 00:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 19.138, -66.443 In his own unofficial inspection, he identified the school’s short-column design and recommended that the school be repaired before being used again. (11.2 miles), Today 2020-12-15 04:15:21 UTC 2020-12-15 00:27:03 UTC Epicenter at 17.916, -66.957 The earthquake’s center was in the sea, south of Puerto Rico (star). Epicenter at 17.976, -66.731 Puerto Rico’s southern coast was hit with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. at 05:25 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Subscribe in print for $20 today! The January 7, 2020, M 6.4 earthquake offshore of southwest Puerto Rico occurred as the result of oblique normal faulting at shallow depth. La Romana 2.2 km from Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. Potala Pastillo (1.2 miles), Today 14.2 km from 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. According to Alicea, these repairs are straightforward and can be done within six to eight weeks with the required resources. at 09:28 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 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. 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 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. 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. 2020-12-15 05:46:24 UTC at 11:34 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. (3.2 miles), Today (8.2 miles), Today 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 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. Epicenter at 19.154, -66.433 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. at 15:42 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (Eric Rojas / Getty Images). 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 . 5.2 km from 5.2 km from Catalyst, a new journal published by Jacobin, is out now. Epicenter at 17.965, -66.943 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. “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. 2020-12-15 19:44:12 UTC Epicenter at 17.924, -66.979 Guánica La Parguera 8.2 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. 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. 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. at 05:35 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 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 problem is a lack of transparency, not a lack of funds,” twelfth-grade physics teacher Hugo J Delgado-Martí told me. at 19:31 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the […]. Guánica Epicenter at 17.918, -66.913 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 … 2020-12-15 05:35:11 UTC Epicenter at 17.974, -66.945 “This is about prioritizing the lives of the people, of our children. This has had a devastating impact on many sectors including health, communication, electrical, as well as education. Epicenter at 17.942, -66.968 2020-12-15 07:27:16 UTC at 10:13 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 18.522, -68.8 Already on our list? A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. 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. at 02:10 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 3.2 km from The US Geological Survey said the recent earthquake was an aftershock of a 6.4-magnitude tremor that struck Puerto Rico in January. How is this possible?”. Puerto Rico earthquake: At least 1 dead, island without power. 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. A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Puerto Rico Saturday, jolting some residents from their beds and briefly knocking out … 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. 5.2 km from 76.2 km from 2020-12-15 09:05:26 UTC Puerto Ricans were jolted awake again early Tuesday, as a 6.4 quake struck off the island's southwest coast. 4.2 km from Incredibly, the now-collapsed Agripina Seda School passed this kind of inspection the day before it collapsed. To date, they have received no response despite the in-depth proposals that they crafted with engineers and experts in the field. 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. Salvaleón de Higüey (3.2 miles), Today Indios (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:53:10 UTC Tallaboa 4.2 km from Epicenter at 17.946, -66.842 6.2 km from Tallaboa (22.2 miles), 2020-12-14 16:24:12 UTC 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. 9.2 km from (3.2 miles), Today 7.2 km from 3.2 km from Martínez Padilla, who has been collecting reports from schools all over the island, explained, “These certifications are a disaster, a completely botched job. Indios 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. Guánica Epicenter at 18.003, -66.736 She writes and translates frequently about labor and social movements in Puerto Rico. (47.2 miles), Today (46.2 miles), Today Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. 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. Epicenter at 18.007, -66.486 2.2 km from (4.2 miles). at 19:42 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: An engineer from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, José A. Martínez-Cruzado, visited the school between earthquakes, when it was still standing. The U.S. Geological Service reported that a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico early Monday morning, according to The Associated Press. Epicenter at 17.975, -66.727 2.2 km from Epicenter at 17.967, -66.994 Epicenter at 18.008, -66.788 2020-12-15 01:38:41 UTC Keleher also closed hundreds of structurally sound schools while cramming children into inferior, overcrowded facilities. at 19:44 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:29:45 UTC 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. Other earthquakes in the greater epicenter area Strongest earthquakes (since 1900) within a 150 km radius from this earthquake 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. Today Fuig at 20:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 2020-12-15 13:23:29 UTC 2020-12-15 02:10:33 UTC Epicenter at 17.944, -66.916 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. (2.2 miles), 2020-12-14 03:48:08 UTC 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. 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. (3.2 miles), Today We’re Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. 2020-12-15 15:42:10 UTC Epicenter at 17.951, -66.941 Epicenter at 17.958, -66.753 Email. 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. 1.2 km from A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island on Monday, wiping out the natural structure. 2020-12-15 05:25:07 UTC (1.2 miles), Today (1.2 miles), Today 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. at 01:38 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: La Parguera They are paying $1,200 per school for subcontractors to conduct walk-through inspections that assess visible signs of structural damage from past earthquakes. (5.2 miles), Today . The quakes have been regularly occurring since December 28 and now an island-wide blackout is being reported. 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. Help Us Stick Around for Many More. 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. Epicenter at 17.955, -66.84 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. Epicenter at 18.008, -66.845 2020-12-15 10:13:57 UTC Indios . The engineers just write what they want to write, some of them are blank, some are more specific, others more general. Puerto Rico has been repeatedly battered with hurricanes and, most recently, massive earthquakes. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake was the most severe in a series of tremors off the US territory over the past 10 days. at 00:39 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 5.2 km from 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. “History repeats itself at certain points.” Guánica 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. They were the … It’s the latest of a series of constant earthquakes that have struck the region this month. Puerto Rico Region: Aug 11 03:30: 3.0: 13: MAP I Felt It INFO: FOLLOW earthquake-report.com on TWITTER : @ShakingEarth . 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. 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. at 03:19 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.946, -66.962 Hundreds of other Puerto Rican schools have this defect and could collapse as a result of another strong earthquake. Between 2017 and 2018 the DOE under twice-indicted ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher spent millions of dollars on school inspections. Puerto Rico hit with 6.5 magnitude earthquake, island-wide blackout reported. Our new issue – asking whether the US is a failed state – is out now. 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