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For The 7th Time In 8 Days, An Earthquake Is Detected Off Of St. Thomas

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – For the seventh time in eight 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 occurred at 2:37 p.m. yesterday afternoon and registered 2.9 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The quake occurred 37 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie.

Thursday’s earthquake occurred closest to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands just 30 miles north-northwest of Road Town; 70 miles east-northeast of Fajardo in Puerto Rico; 78 miles east-northeast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and 86 miles east-northeast of Carolina in Puerto Rico, the U.S.G.S. said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday and registered 2.5 in magnitude on the Richter scale. The quake occurred 63 miles to the northeast of Charlotte Amalie.

The U.S.G.S. also said an earthquake 3.4 in magnitude happened at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday August 4 about 82 miles north of Charlotte Amalie. On Monday August 3, a quake registering 3.2 on the Richter scale occurred 60 miles east-northeast of Charlotte Amalie.

The U.S. Geological Survey said there was an earthquake of 3.0 in scale on Sunday August 2 at 7:46 a.m. The quake was 46 miles to the north-northwest of Charlotte Amalie. An earthquake 3.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale also occurred 54 miles north of Charlotte Amalie at 10:16 p.m. Friday July 31, the U.S.G.S said. And on Thursday July 30 a quake measuring 3.4 in magnitude happened 66 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie at 7:26 p.m.

St. Thomas also 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 to the north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie and the July 5 earthquake occurred 43 miles north-northwest of St. Thomas, the U.S.G.S. said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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