As thrill seekers soar above the mountains of Orocovis, Puerto Rico at Toro Verde, Puerto Rico's highest zip line, home owners like Maria Cartagena are literally living on the edge. Her house is leaning on the side of a cliff. Like many homes in the area it wasn't built with any kind of code. Emergency crews say her house is being held up in part by electrical cables.
Despite being 60 miles from Guanica, the earthquakes' center, nearly 50 homes in Orocovis are structurally damaged by the shaking. Vanessa Cruz was born in Orocovis and was honored at the Pennsylvania's Latino Convention in Bethlehem last fall. She gave us a tour of her hometown.
"For me it's sad to see construction like this because I know people who work really hard to build their own house," she said.
Back in Guanica Regional Director of Recreation Yishay Colon believes there will be mandatory evacuations in the area as quakes continue.
"Maybe in Guanica because of the earthquakes," she said.
Even during our interview. Her phone beeped, indicating a 3.0 magnitude quake in Guanica.
"We are not completely recovered from Maria. Then we have this also. It's been hard," said Orocovis Mayor Gardy Colon.
Colon says mother nature's wrath is taking a mental toll.
The island has had 28 suicides since the earthquakes started weeks ago, compared to 31 all of last year. A year after Hurricane Maria there was more than 250.
Gardy says the government is finally starting to address residents' mental health.
"Also more technical help,so they can handle the situation when things happen," he said.
Life does continue, as a crowded Bavarian bar in Orocovis shows.
But for those like Cartagena it's a painful reality, as she's forced to leave her home of 35 years.
"Her faith is telling her practically to be home," Cruz translated to us.
As the pair hugged, it highlighted that faith is something you hold onto.