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A 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Barbados, St. Vincent And The Grenadines and St. Lucia Early This Morning

BRIDGETOWN — People in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia were rattled by a 4.6 magnitude earthquake early this morning.

The ‘quake struck about 73 miles west-southwest of Barbados and about 46 miles from St. Vincent and Grenadines, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center said.

The tremors happened about 1:13 a.m. Wednesday, according to the UWI-SRC.

Researchers said the earthquake occurred at latitude 12.84 north and longitude 60.64 west at a depth of 13.67 miles underground.

The SRC said the quake happened about 46 miles southeast of Kingstown, St. Vincent and The Grenadines; about 73 miles west-southwest of Bridgetown, Barbados and about 85 miles south-southwest of Castries, St. Lucia.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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