Two Significant Earthquakes Rattle Virgin Islands In One Day

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Monday, August 14, was a busy day for seismologists in the Virgin Islands. Two significant earthquakes shook the region — a 5.0 on Monday morning, and a 4.5 on Monday evening.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocked the territory at 9:09 a.m., according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.

The earthquake originated at 19.022 degrees north, 64.636 west, or 50 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie, at a depth of 13.3 miles.

At 9:30 that evening, a magnitude 4.5 quake again rattled the territory. The evening’s quake was centered at 19.008 degrees north, 64.728 west, or 47 miles north-northeast of Charlotte Amalie, at a depth of 4.3 miles.

More Than 30 Quakes Monday, August 14
August 14 was an active day, with more than 30 recorded earthquakes, most in the 2.0-3.0 range, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.

Monday morning’s quake was the second strongest in the region for 2006. A magnitude 5.3 earthquake, located at 19.358 degrees north, 63.787 degrees west, occurred on March 2 at 11:35 p.m.

Monday morning’s quake was enough to shake items such as potted plants and, in some cases, send residents scurrying outside, but no significant damage was reported.