The USGS reports that a 4.1 earthquake struck 37 miles north of Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Located at 18.9 North and 65.2 West, the earthquake had a depth of about 12 miles.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) which monitors both the Atlantic and Pacific for tsunami activity, there is no threat of tsunami to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. East Coast at this time. In an update from the PTWC moments ago, they said they determined there was no tsunami threat based on all available data.
Tsunamis and earthquakes are on people’s mind after recent impacts in the U.S. and abroad. On Friday night, a destructive 7.5 earthquake generated a catastrophic tsunami in Indonesia. Just minutes later, an earthquake will the same intensity as today’s Virgin Island quake struck Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hawaii earthquake did not generate a tsunami either.