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Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Strikes Just Miles From Trinidad’s South Coast

PORT OF SPAIN — A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Sunday night off Venezuela’s north coast, closest to Trinidad’s south coast.

According to an update from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Center, the quake took place around 6:52 p.m. Sunday.

The tremors registered at latitude 10.05 North and longitude 63.32 West, the SRC said.

The earthquake happened about 61 miles west-southwest of San Fernando, Trinidad; 62 miles east-northeast of Maturín, Venezuela and about 70 miles southwest of Port of Spain.

It occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles underground.

If you felt this quake, please tell the UWI Seismic Research Center (

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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