Hello there, I’m turning to all of you reading this for help. I’ve tagged this as USA, seeing as we are a non-incorporated territory, use the same currency, and possess American citizenship if born here (also because there was no Puerto Rico option). On January 7th, 2020, we were struck by a shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake. It was the strongest earthquake in its sequence, having been preceded by magnitude 5.8 earthquake the day prior. I’ve attached some images to document and present the damage to my home so far, to paint a better picture of the current situation. Our town hall, as well as many houses and businesses collapsed (there are plenty of photos of this on google, a quick search for Puerto Rico Guánica, Yauco or Guayanilla earthquake damage will yield plenty of results). My house, which is made of concrete, has sustained significant damage, and my main fear is collapse, as well. There are many fractures across the structure, both inside and out, caused by the earthquakes, as well as chunks of concrete that have just fallen off. Because of similar stresses, I and many others were camping outside in, some even far into March, due to having lost their homes, or sheer fear of collapse (which has continued to happen as more earthquake damage builds up on houses). In Puerto Rico, we are in a situation where it is dangerous to stay inside the house, but it is dangerous to stay outside the house as well. In the near future, we will enter hurricane season as well, and neither our electric grid nor the infrastructure has fully recovered (there are areas where power has not yet returned, though at the lower end, it was about 6 months without electricity).
Currently, the earthquakes have not ceased (the United States Geological Survey site, as well as the Seismic page for Puerto Rico have recent, and reliable accounts of current earthquakes in the region), and the house continues to sustain further damage due to their shallow nature. In addition, the Coronavirus situation has left me without work, and without money to afford what little I could have repaired. I am from a relatively low-income household (under 4000 a year), barely scraping by to make ends meet as it is. Many of us, including myself, never received any financial assistance from the government in order to repair our homes, or even relocate either. Having mentioned all this, I’d like to ask those of you reading to help me raise at least $10,000 dollars, so I can save my home. There’s nowhere else for me to turn to, and this house is all I have left. Thank you for taking the time to read my small call for help.