Epicenter at 17.912, -66.785 at 05:35 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Guayanilla Crews are inspecting buildings in Puerto Rico to make sure they're safe after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit near the island last night. 2020-12-15 05:25:07 UTC As educators and students plan to go back to school, they are haunted by the images of the Agripina Seda School, which collapsed while students were on break for the holidays. Epicenter at 19.154, -66.433 2020-12-15 15:12:37 UTC 76.2 km from To date, they have received no response despite the in-depth proposals that they crafted with engineers and experts in the field. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island on Monday, wiping out the natural structure. Epicenter at 17.975, -66.727 We discuss why the United States’ institutional breakdown won’t stop after Trump leaves office and what can be done to improve things for working people. (3.2 miles), Today Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after the island’s strongest earthquake in 100 years. In response to the pandemic, Direct Relief has been providing personal protective equipment, intensive-care unit supplies, and tents for triage and testing to hospitals and health centers. An earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight others and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island. La Parguera at 10:13 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Epicenter at 17.967, -66.994 . (46.2 miles), Today 9.2 km from 2020-12-15 19:31:16 UTC 2020-12-15 00:27:03 UTC Since the imposition of the PROMESA act under President Obama, Puerto Rico has been pressured to prioritize paying the debt over investment in public services. Martínez-Cruzado explained to Metro PR how a building could pass a DOE inspection one day but fall to the ground the next: You can inspect a structure and see if it is cracked or not, but that does not mean that in the future it can necessarily withstand a larger earthquake. 2020-12-15 20:23:53 UTC Help Us Stick Around for Many More. The life of any Puerto Rican child is worth more than any amount of money in the world.”. (5.2 miles), Today In 1918, Puerto Rico had to deal with a massive 7.3 magnitude quake and a pandemic. Monique Dols is an NYC-based socialist and early childhood educator who has been involved in global justice, antiwar, and solidarity movements. Puerto Rico earthquake: At least 1 dead, island without power. at 19:42 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: (3.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 17.946, -66.842 2020-12-15 07:27:16 UTC The Frente Amplio en Defensa de la Educación Pública (FADEP), a coalition of educator unions, community groups, and parent associations, is demanding that the government take the safety of school communities more seriously. Indios . Martínez Padilla, who has been collecting reports from schools all over the island, explained, “These certifications are a disaster, a completely botched job. “As we saw with the ex–secretary of education Julia Keleher and the government of Ricardo Rosselló, the money was always there for the subcontractors, the privatization schemes, and the buying and selling of political favors. This must include: first aid training; emotional support services for staff; emergency and earthquake management workshops; discussions of the specific emergency protocols in each school with their unique circumstances; a reevaluation and reworking of school structures in order to create smaller class sizes that are more manageable in the case of an emergency; a familiarization with evacuation routes and meet-up points at each campus; as well as a discussion of the walk-through inspections that were done. Guánica How is this possible?”. The US Geological Survey said the recent earthquake was an aftershock of a 6.4-magnitude tremor that struck Puerto Rico in January. “All faculty and personnel need at least five days of preparation and training in order to get up to speed with the new reality in schools and in order to establish and roll out protocol for the case of another emergency,” explained the president of the National Union of Educators and Education Workers (UNETE), Liza Fournier Córdova, who is also an elementary school English teacher. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month. at 11:34 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 09:53 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: “Our recommendation is that these structures shouldn’t be used . at 03:48 December 14, 2020 UTC, Location: We have seen [in this most recent government scandal] that the government could spend $10,000 a month to warehouse supplies which were supposed to be distributed after Hurricane Maria. Epicenter at 18.007, -66.486 According to the College of Engineers and Surveyors, the Agripina Seda School collapsed due to a cost-saving construction shortcut called a “short column” which buckles instead of bending in the case of an earthquake. 8.2 km from Puerto Rico's public utility, PREPA said 99% of its customers' electricity has been restored following last week's 6.4 earthquake. at 09:28 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: There isn’t even a format that the engineers are supposed to follow. 5.2 km from In his own unofficial inspection, he identified the school’s short-column design and recommended that the school be repaired before being used again. 2.2 km from at 19:44 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: (1.2 miles), 2020-12-14 19:42:25 UTC “This is about prioritizing the lives of the people, of our children. (3.2 miles), Today Already on our list? Stella 5.2 km from 2020-12-15 08:17:29 UTC 0.2 km from According to Reuters, Friday's earthquake took place at 6:26 p.m. local time, its epicenter located approximately two and a half miles from Indios on the southern coast. But the DOE is unable to provide any kind of comprehensive description of the findings of these inspections or of earlier repairs which were carried out in the early 2000s. Guánica 2.2 km from Members of the FADEP aren’t waiting around for the DOE to do the right thing. The Luis Muñoz Rivera School in Dorado is still shuttered despite having been the only tsunami-ready structure in its coastal neighborhood. Epicenter at 17.942, -66.968 at 09:05 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 15:12 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. The FADEP has requested meetings with representatives of the House and the Senate, the secretary of education, as well as Carlos Pesquera, the engineer who advises the governor, in order to present and discuss their concerns. There’s an unlimited budget for repression, but when it comes to financing our schools they claim bankruptcy.”, “We can’t be trembling with fear and anguish every time the earth shakes out of fear that our children’s school might collapse,” science teacher Anés Cedeño Soto told me. Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. (3.2 miles), 2020-12-14 09:10:11 UTC READ MORE: This Could Be a Historic Election for Puerto Rico “That generation had to face the earthquake and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which severely affected the United States and Puerto Rico,” Huérfano said. The engineers just write what they want to write, some of them are blank, some are more specific, others more general. 4.2 km from Epicenter at 18.008, -66.788 (2.2 miles), Today (4.2 miles), Today Epicenter at 19.138, -66.443 at 20:23 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: Potala Pastillo . Puerto Rico Region: Aug 11 03:30: 3.0: 13: MAP I Felt It INFO: FOLLOW earthquake-report.com on TWITTER : @ShakingEarth . (4.2 miles). The FMPR, along with community groups, is demanding that the school and others like it be reevaluated and, if it is confirmed to be earthquake-resistant, reopened immediately. at 08:17 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: at 00:27 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southern Puerto Rico Saturday, jolting some residents from their beds and briefly knocking out … Epicenter at 17.924, -66.979 Incredibly, the now-collapsed Agripina Seda School passed this kind of inspection the day before it collapsed. Mercedes Martínez Padilla, president of the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico (FMPR) explains: The authorities must understand that what we are talking about here are the lives of our students, teachers, and school personnel. Preliminary focal mechanism solutions for the earthquake indicate faulting occurred as the result of slip on either a moderately dipping plane striking just north of west, or on a moderately dipping plane striking just west of south. Entire neighborhoods of cement structures shifted and crumbled, leaving thousands of people homeless and many more living in precarious situations. 2020-12-15 00:39:04 UTC at 04:15 December 15, 2020 UTC, Location: 4.2 km from (3.2 miles), Today Puerto Ricans were jolted awake again early Tuesday, as a 6.4 quake struck off the island's southwest coast. 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