Oct 5, 2017

Puerto Rico's bonds in the balance

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Obama urges help for Puerto Rico after back-to-back quakes

Former President Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in October. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Obama tweeted an appeal Sunday for people to support Puerto Rico's recovery following a series of earthquakes that have rocked the island, killing at least one person.

Why it matters: Puerto Rico's governor declared a state of emergency last Tuesday. President Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration request after two earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 6.4 and 5.8 struck — displacing many people and leaving much of the island without power. Aftershocks have since hit, and there was a magnitude 5.2 quake Friday.

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

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More earthquakes hit Puerto Rico, as island remains in fear

Siblings in a Guanica, Puerto Rico parking lot on Jan. 9 after a powerful earthquake hit the island. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Puerto Rico on Saturday around 8:54 a.m., about 8 miles south of Indios, marking the most powerful tremor since a magnitude 6.4 quake hit the island on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

What's happening: Multiple intermittent earthquakes affected the island on Friday and into Saturday morning, including a 5.2 magnitude earthquake Friday following quakes earlier this week that killed at least one person, caused widespread power outages and displaced nearly 2,000 people.

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The world's fast-growing mountain of debt

The world's total debt surged by some $9 trillion in the first three quarters of 2019, according to data from the Institute of International Finance, bringing the world's total debt load to $253 trillion, or 322% of its GDP — a record high.

Why it matters: In times of economic strength, economists exhort countries to pare back their debt burdens and pay it down to protect against future unrest and downturn.

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