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‘Minor’ earthquake strikes off coast of St. Thomas Sunday

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A minor earthquake occurred on the ocean floor 43 miles north-northwest of St. Thomas at 4:49 a.m. Sunday, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the underwater quake registered 2.7 on the Richter scale. An earthquake of such small magnitude is typically felt by some people with no damage to buildings.

Where the earthquake hit was 62 miles northeast of Rio Grande in Puerto Rico and 69 miles northeast of Carolina in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

For more information about the earthquake, please click on the following link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/pr15186001#general_summary

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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