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5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southwest Puerto Rico Early Today: USGS

SAN JUAN — An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 shook the southwest areas of Puerto Rico early this morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The seismic focus was located 6.2 miles (10 km) underground and the epicenter was recorded 1.86 miles (3 km) southwest of Indios, Puerto Rico.

An earthquake registering 4.8 on the Richter scale also occurred about eight miles (13 km)from Guanica, Puerto Rico on Saturday night, according to the USGS.

So far no damage has been reported and no tsunami alarm has been activated.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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