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'He couldn’t handle being here' | After the earthquake, Puerto Ricans struggle to rebuild

The strongest earthquake in a century hit the island on Jan. 7, but hundreds of aftershocks have been felt since, shaking its people. Here are some of their stories.

Ariane Datil, Tiffany McNeil, Kyley Schultz (WUSA 9), Tolu Oluwadiya

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Published: 7:53 PM EST February 16, 2020
Updated: 10:58 AM EST February 20, 2020

At 2:24 a.m. local time on Jan. 7, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southwest region of Puerto Rico. A state of emergency was declared as thousands of people ran into the streets confused and searching for safety. 

It was the strongest quake to hit the island in a century.

WUSA9 sent reporter Ariane Datil to the island to document the aftermath of the earthquake. This is her account of the trip.

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