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St. Lucia, Dominica Rattled By 4.0 Earthquake Last Night

PORT OF SPAIN – Several Caribbean islands were rocked by earthquakes during a six hour period overnight, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported Wednesday.

SRC said there was no immediate damage or injuries as a result of the quakes, but terrified residents in Dominica and some other islands reported being shaken by the tremors. Some people took to social media to relieve the experiences.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 4.0, occurred at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night and was felt in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and the French island of Guadeloupe.

It was located at latitude: 16.74N, longitude: 59.58W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

The SRC said that it was felt 224 km east north east of Point-a-Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe, 255 km east of the capital of Antigua and Barbuda and 257 km north east of Roseau, Dominica.

Dominica and Guadeloupe were also rocked by another earthquake, 17 minutes later that also affected Martinique.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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