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Record #: R2020-83   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 1/15/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 1/15/2020
Title: Support extended to people of Puerto Rico on rebuilding after earthquakes
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E.
Attachments: 1. R2020-83.pdf


OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
LORI E. LIGHTFOOT
MAYOR

January 15, 2020










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith a resolution expressing solidary with Puerto Rican earthquake victims.

Your favorable consideration ofthis resolution will be appreciated.


Very truly yours,

RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, Since the end of December 2019, Puerto Rico has been devastated by hundreds of earthquakes that have caused businesses and cultural landmarks to crumble, forced thousands to flee from their homes, and left millions without power; and
WHEREAS, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the deadly storms that battered the Island over two weeks in September 2017; and
WHEREAS, Following a magnitude 4.7 earthquake on December 28, 2019, the Island has been repeatedly rocked by aftershocks and earthquakes, more than 500 of which have been of a magnitude of 2.0 or greater, and 30 of which have been at a magnitude of more than 4.0; and
WHEREAS, On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the strongest earthquake in Puerto Rico in more than a century struck near Guayanilla on the Island's southwest coast. This powerful earthquake killed one person and injured several others; and
WHEREAS, On Saturday, after days of strong tremors, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked the Island, causing landslides in the town of Penuelas, and further frightening residents who were still recovering from the Tuesday earthquake; and
WHEREAS, Saturday's earthquake was followed on Monday by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that leveled several homes along Puerto Rico's southwest coast, and on Tuesday by dozens of smaller earthquakes within a few miles of each other; and
WHEREAS, More than 1,200 tremors of varying magnitude have shaken this vulnerable region over the last three weeks. Thousands of people across several towns are sleeping in tents or under tarps, or out in the open, with no sense of when these te...

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