Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

California sends natural disaster response experts to Puerto Rico

California sends natural disaster response experts to Puerto Rico

Men who lost their homes in a 6.4 magnitude natural disaster stand inside a baseball stadium that has been opened to residents amid aftershocks and power outages, in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, late Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

After two devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico that left at least one person dead and more than 40 aftershocks with a 3.0-magnitude or higher occurring since Tuesday, travelers are curious about whether they should travel to the island.

The USGS has revised its initial report of a 6.0 magnitude to 5.9. Some 250,000 customers were hit by electric power outages after the quake, which struck at 6:32 am local time (1032GMT).

Puerto Rico's government made the request directly to Newsom's Office after several earthquakes damaged the southwest coast of Puerto Rico over the past week, leaving more than 4,000 people in shelters.

Rodriguez and her husband have been living in a tent in Guanica, one of the hardest hit areas.

Millions of Puerto Ricans are waiting to see if President Donald Trump will sign a major disaster declaration to authorize much needed aid.

Velazquez, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and New York's Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter earlier this week to HUD Secretary Ben Carson demanding the outstanding $8.3 billion be released to Puerto Rico immediately to help with the recovery after the quake.

The morning quake caused further damage along the islandþÄôs southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

Puerto Rican Queens-Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez said HUD's own inspector general recently concluded there's no evidence to suggest Puerto Rico can't properly handle the funds, according to the Daily News.

The territory is still reeling from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which was the most destructive storm in the modern history of the island.

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