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Marty on STT
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Anyone else feel the little 'quake this morning?

4.1 2007/06/03 12:28:16 18.099 - 64.865 5.0 VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

It was kinda short and quick...generated only 5km deep...I was lazing in bed when I felt it and had to get on the computer to check it out:

Posted : June 3, 2007 12:57 pm
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Was a strange one too! Sounded like an explosion.

Earthquake Activity

City Anna's Retreat, US Virgin Islands

Distance to Epicenter 17 miles / 28 km

Magnitude 4.1

Date 8:28 AM AST 2007-06-03

Posted : June 3, 2007 1:04 pm
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I did 🙂


Posted : June 3, 2007 1:25 pm
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Boy I sure did. I'm out on Cabrita Point and it felt like the house was picked up and dropped. It did sound like an explosion. It was frightening!!

Posted : June 3, 2007 1:46 pm
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Just yesterday my husband met a man who is building a house near us and he told me that they guy is building it with massive amounts of concrete and steel.
He told my husband he's building it strong because we are due for an earthquake.
This morning we sure felt that quake!
EEEK, that guy sure was right !

Posted : June 3, 2007 3:18 pm
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Shoot! And I was in the car coming back from Marina Market checking for white cheddar cheese! Missed the quake, but also heard from others that it sounded like an explosion, not the typical rumbling. I wonder if that was because it was so close?

Posted : June 3, 2007 6:54 pm
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Never heard anything like that before! Like the bottom dropping out!!


Posted : June 3, 2007 8:12 pm
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Yeah, I thought something blew up at first too. Strange.

Posted : June 3, 2007 8:26 pm
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Did anyone on STX feel it.

Posted : June 3, 2007 9:52 pm
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Nope. Not a thing on STX.

Posted : June 4, 2007 12:54 am
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felt like big bolder slammed into house twice....or somebody doing blasting real close!!!

Posted : June 4, 2007 1:11 am
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We feltit too, and how!
Fist like a little explosion, didn't know what was happening just yet...then the rumbling for several seconds and then the final explosion! I could here glasses moving in my kitchen!
First one that I really heard and felt on STT....scary!

Posted : June 4, 2007 2:58 am
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I felt it this morning too!
For all those who own masonry buildings, you`ll need to check for cracks, especially near the base of the house, especially columns.
If you do have damage, hopefully you don`t have Mariam Mathes (or any Insurance company that uses Crawford V.I. as their claims agent, my agent, Brad Worth I refer him as "Bad Worth")<<or you`ll most likely get screwed.
If you push the issue, they`ll send their Structural Engineer HO Paul Ferreras to try to convince you "it was settling"
Yeah, building DO SETTLE when you shake the $#$%& out of them, & they crack too! Duh Paul!
If your damage is minimal, remember, any damage started, can be extended on other events that may be larger, the same, or smaller than todays.
It`s like a windshield crack, once it starts, it will spead just by hitting a few bumps!
My home had NO cracks for over 30 years, and after the quake of 12/11/04 The Puerto Rico Seismic Network called it a 4.5 on the Richter Scale, but the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. measured it at 5.2 on the Richter Scale. The Pacific Warning System put it at 5.7.
The point is, I was insured with NO MASONARY DAMAGE, & right after the event, I had many cracks that the aforementioned person(s) screwed me out of my claim, pure & simple!
Ah, never mind, I`m just venting!
And for speaking the truth, i`ll be kicked off this board?
Let`s hope not!
Also, check retaining walls, particulary if your ground has been very wet/heavy behind the wall.

Posted : June 4, 2007 3:10 am
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We noticed the lids on two decorative ceramic jewelry boxes rattling for about 10 to 15 seconds around 8:30 or so and thought it might be due to a small earthquake. However, neither of us felt anything. We live on the north shore of STX near Cane Bay.

Posted : June 4, 2007 11:18 am
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are solid concrete homes as bad as masonary when it comes to cracking? I've been told that wooden structures are the best because they will flex a little, But then they aren;t as safe in the hurricanes.

Posted : June 4, 2007 1:40 pm
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