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On vacation, greeted with the unexpected

On vacation, greeted with the unexpected
By Jackie Hopkins
Ed. Note: Several Block Island residents, including Block Island Times reporter Rosemary Connelli, were vacationing in Puerto Rico when it was hit by earthquakes and aftershocks on Jan. 6 and 7. Here is one first-hand account.
Myself, Rick, Randy Stone, and Holly Herdman are staying in a beautiful home in the mountains of Rincon, Puerto Rico. 
We felt the earthquake, which was recorded at 4:24 a.m. with a 6.4 magnitude (I believe this is the right stats). We woke up to the bed shaking and the power was out. The sound was like a deep rumble that I felt in my stomach. Imagine the sound of several large BIRM trucks barreling down Airport Hill. 
My heart was racing as we made our way outside. We waited about 20 minutes before going back inside. It was a very interesting feeling, which I have never experienced before. It lasted about one minute or less. I fell back asleep around 5:30 a.m. after using my battery power to research some safety precautions and reading how others felt the

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