NEW YORK (CBS News/CBSNewYork) – For days a series of devastating earthquakes have been rocking Puerto Rico, starting with a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck before dawn on Jan. 7 and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0.
They have been the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the U.S. territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas.READ MORE: Calls For Immediate Change Ring Out After 36-Year-Old Asian Man Stabbed In The Back In Lower Manhattan
Puerto Ricans sleep in the streets, on mountaintops and in tents now because anywhere feels safer than their homes. Some still stand, others were destroyed by recent quakes.
Ponce Laspina, director of El Maestro Inc. in New York’s South Bronx, speaks of his family in Ponce, an area hit especially hard.
“Like most of the island, they’re afraid, they are scared,” he said. Laspina is coordinating the collection of goods to ship to the island. “We make sure it gets to the right people in Puerto Rico.”READ MORE: New COVID Variant First Detected In New York City Spreading In Northeast
Dr. Luis Rodriguez, CEO of the non-profit Puerto Rican Family Institute, is also calling on the community to help.
“We are creating a backpack what they call an emergency backpack,” he said, each filled with first aid supplies, toiletries, flashlights and batteries.
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- Puerto Rican Family Institute: prfiorg.com
- El Maestro, Inc.: On Facebook
- American Red Cross: redcross.org
- United Way: unitedway.org
- Catholic Charities: link
- Salvation Army: salvationarmy.org
- Hispanic Federation: link
- Estoy Con Puerto Rico: link
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