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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 is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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