Second earthquake in four days hits closer to St. Thomas
By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the second time in four days, a minor earthquake has registered on the ocean floor off the coast of St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 2.7 in magnitude and occurred 16 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday.
The earthquake occurred 55 miles east-northeast of Fajardo, 65 miles east of Rio Grande and 70 miles east-northeast of Humacao in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S.G.S.
Sunday’s earthquake in St. Thomas also registered 2.7 on the Richter scale and was 43 miles north-northwest of Charlotte Amalie at 4:49 a.m. on Sunday, the U.S.G.S. said.
Underwater quakes of 2.7 on the Richter scale are of such small magnitude that they are typically only felt by some people with no damage to buildings expected.
Where the earthquake was recorded Sunday 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/pr15189002#general_summary