Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico Feb 15

    3 Employees Suspended in $4M Puerto Rico Online Scam

    Puerto Rico’s government says it suspended three employees as federal agents investigate an online scam that attempted to steal more than $4 million from the U.S. territory.

  • Puerto Rico Feb 13

    Puerto Rico Govt Loses $2.6M in Phishing Scam, Official Says

    A senior Puerto Rico official says the island’s government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam.

  • Super Bowl Feb 14

    Puerto Ricans Thrilled by Flag Sighting in Super Bowl

    Screams echoed across Puerto Rico when Jennifer Lopez unfurled a feather cape representing the flag of the U.S. territory during the Super Bowl’s halftime show. It’s a moment that many were still replaying and sharing on Monday. The move came at a trying time for the island of 3.2 million U.S. citizens. They’re struggling to recover from a devastating hurricane,...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 28

    Puerto Rico Opens Only 20% of Schools Amid Ongoing Quakes

    Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 schools were certified to open after engineers inspected them for damage caused by the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that killed one person and damaged hundreds of homes…

  • Puerto Rico Jan 23

    Puerto Ricans Protest in Anger Over Unused Emergency Aid

    A couple of hundred people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rico singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes. Protesters began arriving at the seaside Capitol building...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 19

    Discovery of Unused Disaster Supplies Angers Puerto Rico

    People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger spreading in the U.S. territory after video of the event in Ponce appeared...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 18

    Puerto Rico to Open Schools After 6.4 Quake Despite Concerns

    Puerto Rico’s government is opening public schools in late January without knowing if they can withstand a big earthquake as concerns grow about weakened infrastructure that is displacing thousands of students. By Friday, engineers had inspected 561 out of the island’s 856 public schools and found that 9% are unsafe as a result of damage caused by a recent 6.4…

  • Puerto Rico Jan 21

    Royal Caribbean: Grandpa Leaned Out Window Before Girl’s Fall

    An Indiana man charged with negligent homicide in his young granddaughter’s fatal fall from a cruise ship’s open window in Puerto Rico leaned out of that window for several seconds before he lifted the child up to it and she fell, the cruise operator alleges in a court filing. Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Jan. 8 filing in U.S. District Court...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 16

    Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

    A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live. It’s a big problem because the island is still struggling to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. Officials say the Jan. 7 quake and a subsequent 5.9 magnitude aftershock that hit Saturday damaged at least...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 16

    Puerto Rico Teen’s Death Blamed on Lack of Hospital in Vieques Since Hurricane

    The family of a teenager who died in Vieques, Puerto Rico, is blaming the lack of proper medical equipment and facilities they say could have kept her alive, NBC News reported. Jaideliz Moreno Ventura, 13, died three days ago after suffering flu-like symptoms. The facility where she was being treated did not have a functioning respirator, her cousin told NBC News

  • Puerto Rico Jan 16

    Experts Seek Answers Behind Constant Quakes in Puerto Rico

    Seismologists in southern Puerto Rico gingerly walked around a patch of dirt that marks the location of recently buried sensors they hope will reveal answers behind the constant and unusual shaking in the region that has terrified residents. Alena Leeds with the U.S. Geological Survey stopped in front of the sensors on Tuesday afternoon and scrutinized the information that...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 16

    Puerto Rico Retirees Could Face 8.5% Cut to Pensions, in Latest Blow for Island

    Retired government workers in Puerto Rico are bracing for a possible cut to their monthly checks even as the already financially strained island faces one of its most difficult moments with recent earthquakes. For Myra Rivera, a 69-year-old former teacher and translator, any reduction to her pension is unfair.  “That’s robbing,” she says.  In the last three years, Puerto...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 14

    Puerto Rico Not Prepared for Big Earthquakes, Experts Say

    More than two years ago, Hurricane Maria revealed that Puerto Rico was utterly unprepared for a powerful hurricane despite its location in one of the world’s most storm-vulnerable regions.Now, a flurry of earthquakes topped by a 6.4-magnitude one that recently killed one person, injured nine others and damaged hundreds of homes, schools and businesses in southwest Puerto Rico has many...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 11

    Gov. Newsom Deploys Help to Assist Puerto Rico After Earthquakes

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that he’s deploying a team of 31 disaster specialists to help Puerto Rico “rebuild and recover” after catastrophic earthquakes in the island. Puerto Rico has been rattled by multiple earthquakes since Monday, and has caused severe damage including one death. “California stands with the people of Puerto Rico,” said Governor Newsom in a statement. “Our…

  • puerto rico earthquakes Jan 11

    Magnitude 6 Shock Rocks Quake-Stunned Puerto Rico

    A magnitude 6.0 quake has shaken Puerto Rico, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast, where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Saturday morning quake quake hit 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said outages were...

  • Puerto Rico Jan 10

    Puerto Rico Earthquake Aftermath Deepens as Govt Seeks Help

    More than 2,000 people in shelters. Nearly one million without power. Hundreds of thousands without water. The aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed one person, injured nine others and severely damaged infrastructure in Puerto Rico’s southwest coast is deepening as the island’s government says it is overwhelmed. Many in the affected area are comparing the situation to Hurricane Maria,...

  • puerto rico earthquakes Jan 8

    String of Earthquakes Leave Parts of Puerto Rico in Ruins

    Powerful earthquakes and aftershocks in southern Puerto Rico have left several buildings in ruins. NBC 6’s Sheli Muniz reports from Guanica.

  • Puerto Rico Jan 24

    How to Help Puerto Rico After Deadly Earthquake

    A magnitude 6.4 quake struck Puerto Rico early Tuesday killing at least one person, injuring nine others and knocking out power across the U.S. territory. Here are some organizations involved in relief efforts in Puerto Rico and information on how you can help.

  • Puerto Rico Jan 8

    Puerto Ricans Left Homeless After Biggest Quake in Century

    Cars, cots and plastic chairs became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in southwest Puerto Rico as a flurry of earthquakes struck the island, one of them the strongest in a century.

  • Puerto Rico Jan 7

    Puerto Rico Earthquake Damage Seen From Above

    Photos taken by helicopter pilot Carlos Benitez shows the extent of the damage left by a series of strong earthquakes in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico.

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