Puerto Rico's Christmas Earthquake

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico on Christmas Eve and authorities say that while there were no injuries reported, residents should check their homes for damage.

The quake hit the Caribbean island in the afternoon, rattling windows and doors across the island but causing no major damage, officials said.

The quake occurred at a depth of 102 kilometers (63 miles) south-southwest of the capital of San Juan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Blanca Saez, Ports Authority spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that the international airport is operating as usual. She said six ceiling panels fell at the American Airlines terminal, but that no one was injured.

The earthquake was centered just a couple of miles from the central mountain town of Aguas Buenas.

Emergency officials and police told local media that no damage or injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, a top engineering official urged Puerto Ricans to examine homes and businesses for damage Saturday.

Puerto Ricans should look for cracks in load-bearing structures such as reinforced concrete columns and beams, said Miguel Torres Diaz, president of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico.

Inspectors were also looking for any structures made unsafe by the quake, which sent residents scurrying outside of buildings

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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