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St. Thomas Hit By Moderate 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Early This Morning: USGS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit five miles southwest of St. Thomas at 3:24 today, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The moderate quake struck 2.5 miles underground at 18.285°N  64.986°W, according to the USGS.

“Wow, I didn’t feel anything here on St Thomas,” Danielle Vanessa Lief said.

“Whoa! That’s a decent sized one,” Tammi Sweigart Blanscet said.

“Slept through that one,” CJ Fey said.

There has been one earthquake in the past 24 hours in St. Thomas; eight earthquakes in the past seven days off St. Thomas; 16 earthquakes in the past 30 days and 234 earthquakes in the past 365 days.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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