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- PR earthquake update
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:51:19 -0400
In addition to the citizens of Puerto Rico organizing caravans and deliveries to the affected areas, some professionals and organizations have been providing mental health and support services to help treat the shock & stress many of these people are experiencing Stuff can and will be rebuilt, but there's gonna be a LOT of PTSD going around, for sure. 

Had the big quakes happened on the more populated & economically bigger northeast coast, it would have been way worse than Hurricane Maria. I've always known about the PR trench to the north and its capability of producing rare but huge 9.0 earthquakes, but had no idea about the complex fault structure all around and through Puerto Rico. I've been asking my students 'what do you remember learning about this stuff in elementary and high school in PR?' and the general answer is nothing. The 'red sismica de PR' offers factual, scientific data about what's going on and do a lot to help educate and prepare. Their site is http://redsismica.uprm.edu/english/

David Garcia
Curriculum Director
The English Lab
787 675 4714

  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:24:21 -0400

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- Terremoto em Puerto Rico
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:23:11 -0400

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- Terremoto en Puerto Rico
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2020 10:16:32 -0400

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Iglesia en Ponce

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Punta Ventana (ahora y después) Guayanilla 

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Faro de Guánica 

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Planta eléctrica Costa Sur, Guayanilla 

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Campamento en Guayanilla

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Escuela, restaurante y calle de Guánica 

- Terremoto en Puerto Rico
  • By Elena Garcia <emgarcia22 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 22:22:27 -0400
Hola Gert
Vivo en Carolina al norte de la isla. Los pueblos más afectados por el 
terremoto del martes en la madrugada son: Guayanilla, Guánica, Yauco y Ponce. 
El terremoto afectó el área sur de la isla con su epicentro frente a las costas 
de Guánica pero se sintió en toda la isla. 

El servicio eléctrico, afectado por el terremoto, se restableció en su gran 
mayoría hoy miércoles en gran parte de la isla a excepción de estos pueblos

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- Earthquake
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 09:29:42 -0500
I thought I would send an update on yesterday's earthquake here in Puerto Rico.
The earthquake hit at 4:32 AM in the southwest part of the island. I live in the northeast, and we did feel some vibration from the quake. Power went out immediately.
There was considerable damage to some homes in the southwest. 
Here in my area, we got power back at 3:00 AM this morning, but a good portion of the island does not have power yet.
Smaller earthquakes continue. The director said this is to be expected today as the large earthquake "expels" energy.
People are obviously shook by this event, as it is the largest earthquake in Puerto rRco in about a hundred years.

- Earthquake jitters
  • By Emily Krasinski <ekrasinski at icloud.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 10:05:37 -0400
Everyone was expecting another tremor last night, but we were spared. Many people slept in their clothes with flashlights at hand. After two nights in a row of feeling the earth shake and rattle, we are on edge. We are getting bombarded by information of what to do: have a backpack ready with essentials, duck under a table, find a triangle (No! That’s been debunked!), stay in your bed and put a pillow over your head. We went running down the stairs to the sofa, which I found out later is the worst thing to do. Stay away from stairs!

Tuesday’s early-morning 6.4 earthquake, besides causing many structures to collapse in the south, also triggered an island-wide power outage. Shades of María! Yesterday we were in emergency mode. Today things are slowly coming back to life. We will probably go back to our complacent ways if we feel no more tremors. We’ve been told that there will be more. 

I've always wondered how people could live peacefully in an earthquake-prone zone. Now I’ll find out.

Emily Krasinski, Ph.D.

- PR Earthquake
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 14:03:59 -0800
From: Freddie <aswamson at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 1:49 PM

A quick note from just 13 miles away from this morning earthquake, from Ponce. All I can say, is the worst experience of my life, and I went through Maria. Lots of aftershocks and lots of damage in all the towns close to the epicenter. So far only one dead, which I consider a miracle given all the destruction. Hoping we have seen the worst, but I am not sure, the earth is been shaking non stop since 12-28-2019.

Sent from my iPhone

- Earthquake in North west pr
  • By Cynthia Calvin <rinconsportsmassage at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 16:15:15 -0400
We got lucky in Rincón.   Definitely we felt the quakes but no structure damage I'm aware of.   Power just came back to our neighborhood and hopefully water will follow closely.   Thanks to everyone wishing well.    South PR seems to have been hit the hardest 
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- All OK in PR for now
  • By David Garcia <englishlabpr at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 22:41:48 -0400
We have had a lot of drama in PR this hurricane season, with our political circus, but have not been majorly impacted by any storms. The earthquake on Sept. 23 reminds, or should remind us, that as an island we are woefully unprepared on how to prepare for and react to these natural phenomena in a seismically active zone. Paz y buenas noches, David G in PR

- Update
  • By Izzie Belle Torres <zzbelle36 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 12:44:45 -0600
Where I live on the North East all good. No major events. The earthquake was barely felt thank God. 

- From Puerto Rico
  • By Suzanne Perta <fincadelseto at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:33:10 -0300
No problem with Karen in Jayuya, PR (central mountains).  Only about 2" of rain & zero wind.  


- Hello from Puerto Rico
  • By Cynthia Calvin <rinconsportsmassage at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:05:53 -0400
It's been awhile while since doing this so my apologies if I'm doing it wrong.  
In North West Puerto Rico, Rincón, we saw not much from Karen.   A little rain last night.  Winds minimal.   It was a non event for our location 
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- TS Karen
  • By "Richard Boyd" <boyd at mylink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:59:12 -0400
I'm reporting from the Northeast area of Puerto Rico regarding TS Karen. In our area, Karen barely showed up! Although it was 45 MPH as it approached the island, we hardly got any wind at all. It rained from 7:00-8: 00 PM and we probably received about an inch of rain. Reports tell me that San Juan Metro received more than us, and the most rain was in the south east corner of the island (one report was for 3-5 inches of rain).

- Earthquake un Puerto Rico
  • By Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:43:16 +0000

What a scary surprise! Last night while most people we're sleeping, and expecting TS Karen, at about 11:30 pm we had an unplesant surprise. All of a sudden i felt kind of dizzy as the ground started moving. Could not dicern any particular  direction of shaking. It had an up and down component.  It lasted for more than 5 seconds.  It felt too long, so I started praying for God's mercy!  It was the strongest quake I have felt in my life in Puerto Rico and I am 54 years old! Later I found it was between 6.0 and 6.3 with epicenter about 44 miles north of Isabela, a town in the northwest of P.R.   Fortunately no major damages have been reported, aside from a water main pipe near Mayaguez, in Western P.R. I am located near San Juan.  Apparent the quake was felt in the Dominican Republic too. I wonder if it was also felt in the Virgin Islands or further down in our island chain. Thanks God it was only a scare and apparently not more than that.

Regarding Karen, it has not been felt at all here so far. We have had a partially sunny morning. Not a drop of rain yet. Let's hope it treats us not too harsh.  I am prepared but unfortunately there are thousands families in PR still living with blue tarp roofs since Maria, two years ago. The gov. is anouncing many shelters. Let's pray everyone is safe today in PR. and all through the Caribbean.

- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:58:20 -0400

Dorian Officially Becomes Category 1 Hurricane

as it Descends on St Thomas

Calm Descends on Puerto Rico Whilst Awaiting Dorian


As Hurricane Dorian descends on St Thomas, the National Hurricane Centre has officially upgraded the storm to a Category 1 Hurricane.


All of Puerto Rico is now under both a Hurricane Watch as well as a Flash Flood Warning, with between 4-6 inches of rain anticipated in the coming hours, and up to ten possible in some areas.  


Currently the pressure of Dorian as it passes over St Thomas is 997 mb; whilst in San Juan the barometer has been steadily dropping since 1200 hours, and now stands at 1,009 as Dorian comes ever closer.


Calm has now descended on much of the San Juan metropolitan area since around 1300 hours as most businesses are now closed and boarded, including the majority of grocery stores, who have sent their employees home.  


Along the beaches in Condado and Ocean Park, between 1200 and 1300 hours, a hardy group of around 100 people gathered to play in the surf, walk dogs, play volleyball, and watch the approaching storm. The darkness of the approaching clouds contrasted nicely with the azure blue of the waves, which even then were not so large as to prevent swimming and even paragliding.  Then, around 1300 hours, as if a switch had been pulled, the clouds began to break and the wind rose up, sending all but the hardiest of souls back to their cars and homes.  


Since that time, the wind and rain have subsided somewhat, and an eerie calm, similar to other cyclones experienced while posted in the Pacific, including Super Typhoon Yutu (Saipan, 2018), and Tropical Cyclone Winston (Fiji, 2016), pervades.  The streets are largely empty, and most people appear to be hunkered down at home awaiting the actual arrival of Dorian late this afternoon, and early into the evening. 





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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:00:51 -0400

Stress Builds in San Juan

Dorian Forecasted to Pass Further out to Sea

from PR than Previously Projected


Puerto Rico remains under a hurricane warning, downgraded from a watch, as of 1100 AST Wednesday this morning.  


As of this posting, the San Juan area is experiencing increasingly cloudy conditions with passing bands of rain, and growing winds.


Dorian continues to move NW on a heading of 315 degrees at 20 k/ph, with the latest report showing the storm positioned 201 km SE of San Juan, with sustained winds of 110 k/ph.  


A forecasted path change will see Dorian passing further NNE out to sea from Puerto Rico than previously forecasted.  With the new forecasted path, Dorian will come within 42 km of San Juan at approximately 2300 hours today (W/28AUG2019).  


San Juan continues to prepare for Dorian’s arrival. Local businesses are now beginning the process of boarding up windows.  Many stores no longer have bottled water, and there are growing shortages of non-perishable goods.  Lines are growing longer, and tempers shorter.  Lines up to a block long have been seen at cash machines.  Many of these machines are now out of funds, causing growing frustration as banks are closed. In one local shopping centre, crowds jockeyed for parking spaces, resulting in at least two vehicle accidents, one of which was followed by a physical altercation between the drivers.


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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:40:14 -0400

Puerto Rico Prepares as Dorian Approaches for the Southeast

Change in Storm Path as it Crosses Island Prompts New Concern in San Juan


Puerto Rico remains under a hurricane watch as of Wednesday morning.  


As of this posting, the San Juan area is experiencing partly cloudy conditions with the occasional passing band of rain as the barometric pressure dropping steadily, currently registering as 1010.3 hPa. 


Dorian continues to move NW on a heading of 310 degrees at 20 k/ph, with the latest report showing the storm positioned 95 km SE of St Croix, with sustained winds of 95 k/ph.  


Most of the island anticipates the arrival of the rain and winds beginning around 1400 hours today, strengthening from there as Dorian makes a direct pas through the Central NE side of the island.  This is a forecast change, as Tuesday’s reports showed the storm passing across the SW corner of the island avoiding largely populated areas.


The forecasted path change will bring Dorian within 14.5 km of San Juan at approximately 2148 hours today (W/28AUG2019). With a metropolitan population of 2.3 million, San Juan represents a significant target for Dorian, and both government and the general population have showed a renewed level of concern for the approaching storm today.  Local stores remain confident that supplies will be sufficient, although shelves in many larger outlets are beginning to show signs of depletion; and most stores continue to restrict the number of flats of water a single customer can purchase to two.  Shoppers, who were generally calm on Monday and Tuesday, including tourists, are beginning to show signs of stress and irritation as they jockey for supplies.  


Of greatest concern to most residents and tourists is the fear of loss of water or electricity.  As has been mentioned before, the water supply and electrical grid for much of Puerto Rico was severely damaged during CAT5 Hurricane Maria in 2017, and in many ways, has never fully recovered.  As such, the fear is that not only will there be a loss of power and water, but that such will further weaken the grid going forward from Dorian.  


Attached, please find the latest weather radar for Puerto Rico.

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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:23:33 -0400

Puerto Rico Placed Under Hurricane Watch with Approach of TS Dorian


As Puerto Rico prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Wednesday, as of Tuesday night, all seems business as usual in the tourist areas of Condado and Isla Verde in San Juan, where restaurants, bars, and other nightlife remain open.


Despite many hotels providing information on how to safely prepare for the approaching storm, most tourists spoken to express little concern over the approaching storm, stating that they are going to enjoy their time in Puerto Rico before returning to the States, Spain, or Canada to return to work or school regardless of the storm. 


Further from the tourist areas, locals express a moderate sense of urgency, which is marked by increasing crowds and thinning shelves in grocery stores.  Still, a sense of calm remains the order of the day, as people go about their business of purchasing water, canned goods, batteries, candles, and other supplies.  And even though lines are growing increasingly longer, people continue to remain calm and friendly with each other.  


Store employees continue to state that supplies are holding, and there is little fear of the widespread shortages that befell the islands following Hurricane Maria in 2017. 


Inland, at the islands largest mall, Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, crowds were noticeably smaller than usual for a weeknight, when the mall is generally crowded with individuals and families.   


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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:25:43 -0400

Puerto Rico Remains Under a Tropical Storm Watch 

as Governor Declares Emergency


As Puerto Rico prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian on Wednesday, the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center show the storm’s barometric pressure dropping.  This, coupled with its approach into warmer waters as it moves WNW at 13 mph, suggest that the storm is strengthening as it approaches Puerto Rico, and then later Hispaniola.


In response to such, the government of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency, with schools and government offices closing Tuesday afternoon.  And while it is largely expected to be a relatively minor event in comparison to the damage caused by category five Hurricane Maria two years, the private sector is also beginning to take action with private schools and universities, as well as many businesses, following suit.  


Along the southwestern and western side of the island, where many Puerto Ricans maintain weekend houses along the beach, there is a sense of urgency to secure these properties, as even if Dorian remains a tropical storm, or a weak category one, many homes are wood-frame construction and will not stand up well to even moderate winds.


In the more urban areas of Ponce and San Juan there is a new sense of urgency that was not present Monday evening.  Stores have begun to restrict the number of cases of bottled water that a single customer can purchase, generally to two packs; and many non-perishable items, such as crackers, rice, canned beans, and so forth, are moving off the shelves quickly.  Whilst there is a sense of urgency, it should be stressed that there is no sense of panic, with moderately-sized, but growing, crowds being very polite and well-behaved as preparations continue. 


Many workers spoken with stated that crowd sizes are likely to increase significantly as workers are released from their jobs in the early afternoon and evening.  These same workers stressed that supply stores seem adequate at this time to meet customer demand, and that they do not expect the shortages that plagued the island in 2017 following Hurricane Maria.  


The issue of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria remains in the forefront of many Puerto Ricans thoughts.  Maria struck the island almost exactly two years ago in September 2017. Many homes in poorer urban and rural areas continue to have only what are known as “FEMA roofs,” referring to the blue tarps which were readily distributed following Maria for use as temporary roofing. Many homes continue to sport the blue tarp, which is readily apparent when flying into San Juan, as well as when travelling across the island. 


Another relic of Maria that many locals refer to when questioned about their fears for the approaching storm, is the instability of the water and electric grids.  A tenuous and overtaxed system even before Maria struck in 2017, many locals complain that even after recovery efforts were officially brought to a close, that the supply of water and electricity remains suspect, with many areas experiencing frequent, prolonged, and unplanned outages.  Given this, man locals have expressed the fear that even a small hurricane, or strong tropical storm, could be sufficient to render many of the areas of the island dark and without water for an extended period of time.  


A number of locals have stressed that if there can be good news associated with the approaching storm, it is this: the southern half of Puerto Rico, which is very dry and has seen numerous bush fires over the summer months, will take the brunt of the storm as it passes to the south of the island.  As such, Dorian may be of some value in providing much-needed moisture in these areas.


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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 18:24:46 -0400

Puerto Rico has been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch.  


As TS Dorian continues to make its way into the West Indies, Puerto Rico has begun to make preparations for what is anticipated to be a CAT1 storm by the time it arrives in Puerto Rican waters mid-week.


The earliest forecasted arrival time for Puerto Rico is T/27AUG2019 at 2000 hours.  The most likely time of arrival is W/28AUG2019 at 0800.  


Rainfall of 2-4 inches, with maximum totals of 6 inches are possible across Puerto Rico; although this may change.  At this time, TS Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as it moves WNW at 14 mph.


It is anticipated that Dorian will be a near-miss for the island, with the closest points of approach as follows:


> San Juan (north central): 160 km (99.9 miles) on W/28AUG2019 at 0706

> Ponce (south central): 81.4 km (50.6 miles) on W/28AUG2019 at 1954

> Mayaguez (west central):  64.6km (40.2 miles) on W/28AUG2019 at 1054

> Fajardo (east central): 174.5 km (109 miles) on W/28AUG2019 at 1624


Considering that Dorian is anticipated to be both a near miss, as well as a CAT1 storm, this is welcome news for the Commonwealth which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017; as well as the recent political and constitutional crisis following the forced resignation of the governor in August, in part over allegations of corruption stemming from recovery efforts. 


Stay safe!

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