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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes Puerto Rico As Tropical Storm Karen Approaches


The earthquake struck Monday about 44 miles north of the island shortly before 11:30 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Puerto Rico Monday night as the island prepares for Tropical Storm Karen.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 6 miles about 44 miles north of the island in the Atlantic Ocean at 11:23 p.m. It was followed by a magnitude 5.1 aftershock, as well as almost two dozen weaker ones, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami watches or warnings were in effect and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted that she hoped "everyone is well and we have no harm in the face of the strong" earthquake.

The earthquake struck just as Puerto Rico's residents are preparing for a tropical storm, which is expected to pass near or over the island Tuesday, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain with up to 8 inches in isolated areas.

Tropical Storm Karen has winds of 40 mph and is 85 miles south of San Juan. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and Karen is expected to bring flash flooding and mudslides as heavy rainfall continues through Wednesday.