Confirm the first death related to the earthquake in Puerto Rico

A 73-year-old man became the first mortal victim related to the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that on Tuesday woke up Puerto Ricans abruptly and left the Caribbean island without electrical service.

The Puerto Rico Police confirmed that the man died upon receiving the impact of a wall of his home in Ponce, the main city in the southern Caribbean territory.

The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, lamented the death in statements to local media and expressed regret.

Also in Ponce a landslide on the PR-2 road caused a traffic cut, although the incident did not cause any accidents to drivers who were traveling through the area.

Infrastructures on the island, with the exception of the electrical system, remain operational pending a more detailed examination that will take place over the next few hours.

The Electric Power Authority (PREPA) expects to recover electric service, at least partially, during the next hours and in full at noon.

The Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan works with electric generators and maintains its operations normally, as reported through social networks, in which it suggests that airlines be contacted to find out the status of the flights.

After the first quake of magnitude 6.6, two strong aftershocks followed.


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