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For The 2nd Time In Two Days, An Earthquake Hits Off of St. Thomas


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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – For the fifth time in July, 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 10:16 p.m. last night and registered 3.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The quake occurred 54 miles north 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.

Friday’s earthquake occurred 53 miles north-northwest of Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands; 71 miles northeast of Fajardo in Puerto Rico; 76 miles northeast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and 83 miles northeast of Carolina in Puerto Rico, the U.S.G.S. said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake occurred at 7:26 p.m. Thursday night (July 30) and that it registered 3.4 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The quake occurred 66 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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