Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico

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A top House Democrat is introducing a $3.4 billion emergency spending bill to help Puerto Rico deal with a recent spate of earthquakes rocking the USA territory, which is still struggling to rebuild and recover from devastating hurricanes in 2017.

Puerto Rico officials and USA legislators have called on Trump to increase federal aid for the island after it was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake and powerful aftershocks that have collapsed hundreds of homes and sent almost 8,000 residents fleeing to shelters.

The declaration gives residents in hard-hit southern towns access to federal grants for home repairs and temporary housing.

Democratic legislators said Trump was holding Puerto Rico to a higher standard than USA states and called on Trump to release tens of billions more in delayed hurricane aid.

The US government will continue to assess other municipalities in Puerto Rico and designate federal funds to those municipalities as it sees fit.

More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico's southern region since December 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "The new conditions will make it much harder", the Times writes.

"At least there's a path to getting the money out", he said. Not only did it hurt the people but it also hurts animals in Puerto Rico.



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