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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), in partnership with Adventist Church leaders in Puerto Rico, has been spearheading relief efforts in Guayanilla, Sabana Grande, Yauco, Ponce, Guaypao, Bo Luna in Guanica, and Jagua after a series of earthquakes struck the southwestern part of the island since the end of 2019 and in early 2020.

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake was the latest earthquake to hit Puerto Rico this month. The largest and most damaging was a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which occurred on January 7, causing extensive damage and power outages.

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ADRA volunteers and local church leaders sprung into action providing meals around the clock to feed hundreds of people, and installing tents for those who lost their homes. Reportedly, houses that were rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017, were decimated once more by the recent quakes.

“We haven’t felt so many earthquakes rock our home towns like this before,” says Dr. David Sebastian, communications director for ADRA in Puerto Rico. “People won’t go inside their homes for fear of more tremors and are sleeping in their cars because the grounds won’t stop trembling.”

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 1,200 earthquakes rattled the island’s southern region since December 28....
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