2 strong earthquakes strike Puerto Rico

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2011 6:22 AM
2 strong earthquakes strike Puerto Rico

Two strong earthquakes struck Puerto Rico within minutes of each other early Saturday.

The quakes, with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.3 respectively, occurred three minutes apart just after 2 a.m. AST in the Mona Passage, just to the west of the island. A smaller aftershock was reported a few minutes later, and all were felt in the capital, San Juan.

The 5.1 quake was recorded at a depth of 14 kilometers (9 miles), while the 5.3 quake occurred at a depth of 17 kilometers (11 miles).

No tsunami alert was issued.

Some residents in the island's southwest region reported power outages as well as broken items around the house. No injuries have been reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the neighboring Dominican Republic.