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A damaged street in Guanica town after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico, Jan. 7. Photo: Alejandro Granadillo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump approved Wednesday Puerto Rico's request for a federal disaster declaration following a series of earthquakes this week that killed at least one person and displaced about 2,000 people, according to Disaster Relief.

What's happening: Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency Tuesday after two earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 6.4 and 5.8 struck. The quakes have caused widespread power outages on the island, which is still struggling to recover from 2017's Hurricane Maria. Aftershocks have continued to shake the island.

A woman and her niece camp out at a playground in Guanica. Thousands of people have been sleeping outside, "fearing new tremors," the New York Times reports. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images
A man carries a St. Jude statue from the ruins of Inmaculada Concepcion church, built in 1841, in Guayanilla. Puerto Rico Seismic Network estimates some 45 quakes of magnitude 3 or higher have hit the island since Tuesday. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images
Damage in Guanica on the south of the island, which bore the brunt of the quakes, per the U.S. Geological Survey. Photo: Alejandro Granadillo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
People use light from a solar rechargeable lamp to play cards. About two-thirds of the island was without power Wednesday and many had no access to drinking water, CNN notes. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images
Guanica Mayor Santos Seda said the quakes destroyed approximately 50 homes and at least 100 others were "about to collapse" Wednesday, CNN reports. Photo: Alejandro Granadillo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Firefighters survey a collapsed building in Guanica. Schools have canceled classes until buildings are deemed safe by authorities, the BBC reports. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

CDC says fully vaccinated people can take fewer precautions

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can take fewer precautions in certain situations, including socializing indoors without masks when in the company of low-risk or other vaccinated individuals, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday.

Why it matters: Per the report, there's early evidence that suggests vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and are potentially less likely to transmit the virus to other people. At the time of its publication, the CDC said the guidance would apply to about 10% of Americans.

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