'Everything went dark': LI doctor recalls powerful Puerto Rico earthquakes

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A series of powerful earthquakes left nearly a million people in Puerto Rico without power Tuesday.

Dr. Nicolas Hernandez, who works at Plainview Hospital, says he was visiting family on the island when he felt his house shake.

"Our bed was shaking like you see in the movies," Hernandez says. "Things were moving--luckily nothing fell. We did lose power at that point. Everything went dark. We went downstairs and used our cellphone to kind of turn on the lights and see what we could get."

The Long Island doctor says he was 86 miles from the earthquake's epicenter, which registered a 6.4 on the Richter scale.

Puerto Rico has experienced hundreds of earthquakes since December. Tuesday's quake killed one person, hurt several others and left thousands in shelters or sleeping on sidewalks.

Hernandez says his brother-in-law slept in a tent outside of the house.

Power is still out for most of the island as lawmakers and business owners on Long Island are trying to help.

Suffolk Legislator Samuel Gonzalez, of Brentwood, has collected thousands of bottles of water to send to Puerto Rico to help those who need it.

Jose Gonzalez, owner of NY Auto Detailing and Paint in Bay Shore, is in Puerto Rico handing out water and toys to children.

Samuel Gonzalez is holding a donation drive Sunday at his office on Second Avenue in Brentwood.

 

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