Since December 2019, thousands of earthquakes have shaken up Puerto Rico, causing massive destruction. From small tremors to a destructive M 6.4 disaster, Puerto Rico has been roughly shaken up, earthquake after earthquake after earthquake.

 

Doomed to natural disasters

In the last few years, Puerto Rico has been having it rough. In 2017, it got hit by two category 5  hurricanes: Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, one after another. Some parts of Puerto Rico are still recovering from them. Now, it suddenly gets bombarded with earthquakes. The two hurricanes already caused enough damage. The earthquakes only make it worse. Big and dangerous disaster + just as big and just as dangerous disaster = a very big, very dangerous result.

 

Why is this happening?

Now, you might be wondering: “Why in the world is Puerto Rico getting hit by so many earthquakes?” Well, this part involves a little bit of geography. Puerto Rico is close to the border of the Caribbean tectonic plate. Since the border of a tectonic is where earthquakes most often happen, Puerto Rico ends up getting hit by a lot of these. So, the Caribbean tectonic plate is to blame all of these earthquakes from Puerto Rico.

 

What’s next?

The earthquakes in Puerto Rico have been happening continuously for the last few weeks, and it is hard to know when they are going to end. They are as dangerous as they are unpredictable. They might just be almost over,or they might have a lot more to go. But cross our fingers (and toes) that the earthquakes in Puerto Rico are almost to an end. 

Let’s hope for the best.

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