A strong 5.2 earthquake struck about 28 miles southeast of Virgin Gorda at 7:22pm local time and experts with the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say there is no threat of tsunami from this quake across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. East Coast.
The earthquake struck at 18.3 north, 63.9 west, at a depth of 111 km. This earthquake struck on the ocean floor half way between Charlotte Amalie in the Virgin Islands and Marigot on Saint Martin.
The Virgin Islands have been seismically active in recent weeks. There have been 21 earthquakes with a magnitude of 1.5 or greater in the last 7 days and 36 in the last 30 days. This 5.2 earthquake follows a 3.9 that struck Tortola in the British Virgin Islands earlier today.
More than 30 “Did you feel it?” reports have been submitted to the USGS across the Virgin Islands. Those that felt it can complete a “Did you feel it?” report for this quake here.
“Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, but added “people may have experienced shaking from the earthquake.” In their last statement, the Tsunami Warning Center said, “This will be the only statement issued for this event unless additional data are received or the situation changes.”