Updated Jan 26, 2020

Puerto Rico hit by magnitude-5.0 earthquake

Workers clean the debris from the Immaculate Conception Church after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on Jan. 11. Photo: Pedro Alejandro Granadillo Hernanadez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck the southern coast of Puerto Rico Saturday, per the U.S. Geological Survey.

The big picture: Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency on Jan. 7 after two earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 6.4 and 5.8 hit the U.S. territory. The island has been rocked by a series of tremors since.

What's new: The latest quake hit at a depth of eight miles "around the southern coastal town of Guayanilla, located close to the epicenters of most of the recent earthquakes," AP reports. "At least one small landslide was reported."

  • On Friday, hundreds of people were forced to evacuate earthquake shelters after heavy rains caused flooding in the south, per AP.

Go deeper: In photos: Puerto Rico in state of emergency after back-to-back quakes

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Puerto Rico protesters call for governor to resign over unused aid

A protest outside the governor's mansion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 20. The sign in the center reads: "The goverment wants us dead, while they hide what is ours." Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside Puerto Rico's Capitol building and the governor's coastal mansion Monday evening to demand the U.S. territory's leader resign over unused aid, as earthquakes continue to rock the island, AP reports.

Why it matters: In her first major crisis since becoming governor last August, Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired three top officials over a viral video showing a government warehouse full of unused disaster relief aid dating back to Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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Michael Bloomberg's 2020 campaign released a plan Monday backing statehood for Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

Why it matters: Other candidates "have tip-toed around the issue of Puerto Rican statehood, saying they want Puerto Ricans to decide whether or not the U.S. territory becomes the country’s 51st state," the Miami Herald writes.

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Jamaica struck by 7.7-magnitude quake

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the northwest coast of Jamaica Tuesday, according the U.S. Geological Survey.

Be smart: The quake could spur tsunami waves as high as a meter along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Hondura, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

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