What's that? Are we dragging? Is something pushing us? What's that vibration? An explosion? No "boom" so probably not... An earthquake? Never felt an earthquake at anchor before.
Looked outside and everything is OK. Our neighbor is also looking about, so obviously he felt it too.
Called the radio station (Island 92) and he said that their building (FedEx) was shaking. At 12:52pm the radio station had to go on generator power as GEBE must have gone down.
Nothing on the internet yet...
Just found this: http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/p.php?pid=200910051651-TJSJ-SECA62-EQRSJU
(which appears to be inaccurate as reports lower down says it was EAST of St Martin....)
SECA62 TJSJ 051651
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
1251 PM AST MON OCT 5 2009
AN EARTHQUAKE OF PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 4.5 WAS REPORTED BY THE PUERTO RICAN SEISMIC NETWORK AT 1228 PM AST...APPROXIMATELY 28 KILOMETERS SOUTHWEST OF CHARLOTTE AMALIE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. THE DEPTH OF THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS APPROXIMATELY 57 KILOMETERS. THE MAGNITUDE IS SUCH THAT A TSUNAMI WILL NOT BE GENERATED AND NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THE INITIAL QUAKE.
More info... Map
Odd map... That's not SW of St Thomas... That's southEAST and right on top of St Martin!
So what's up???
I think that first report, mentioned above, from San Juan Puerto Rico made a typo when they said southWEST...
This site http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mjbi.php
lists it as being 18.043°N, 62.781°W and
29 km (18 miles) ESE (102°) from Marigot, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe
30 km (18 miles) E (87°) from Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
That's more like it :)
Hopefully we won't get tsunami... Kick 'em Jenny???