SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tuesday's petition comes two weeks after the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit near southern Puerto Rico, killing one person, destroying hundreds of homes and causing damage estimated at $200 million. 

U.S. President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration last week for the most affected municipalities, which officials say will free up more federal funds for recovery and reconstruction. 

Vázquez is now seeking to extend the same help to other municipalities.

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