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Second earthquake in four days hits closer to St. Thomas

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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.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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