Thursday Is Earthquake Day For The Virgin Islands This Month
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – For the fourth time this month, 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 occurred at 7:26 p.m. last night and registered 3.4 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The quake occurred 66 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie.
Earthquakes between 3.0 and 3.9 in magnitude on the Richter scale are: “often felt by people, but very rarely causes damage” experts said.
“Shaking of indoor objects can be noticeable,” according to earthquake experts.
Thursday’s earthquake occurred 58 miles north of Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands; 91 miles northeast of Fajardo in Puerto Rico; 97 miles northeast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and 103 miles northeast of Carolina in Puerto Rico, the U.S.G.S. said.
St. Thomas registered a 3.2 magnitude earthquake at 4:43 a.m. on July 23, according to the U.S.G.S. It was recorded to be three miles north of Charlotte Amalie.
Six tremors were recorded off of the coast of Barbados July 16, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
The previous earthquakes that occurred off the coast of St. Thomas occurred on July 5 and July 8 only registered 2.7 in magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the U.S.G.S.
The July 8 earthquake was 16 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie and the July 5 earthquake occurred 43 miles north-northwest of St. Thomas, the U.S.G.S. said.
Underwater quakes from 2.0 to 2.9 on the Richter scale are of such small magnitude that they are ”typically only felt by some people with no damage to buildings expected.”
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