• Trunk Bay Beach, considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world is home to the underwater trail.

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  • Mosquito Borne Disease

    There are two mosquito transmitted diseases (virus), Dengue, and Chikungunya Fever, now in the Caribbean. Both viruses are transmitted by Aedes species mosquitoes, which have black and white stripes markings. Please take a look at link information. More »

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Earthquakes occur regularly in the Virgin Islands. The eastward shifting Caribbean plate grinds against the westward moving North American plate, just north of the Virgin Islands along the Puerto Rican Trench. Generally, the quakes are too small for people to notice, and they do not cause tsunamis.

On rare occasions, earthquakes of serious magnitude do occur, and the sea moves with them.
Read an historical account the Virgin Islands Earthquake of 1867 and the tsunami that followed.
Read about the potential for earthquakes and tsunamis in and around the Virgin Islands.

 

Links and Sources

Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands pdf 1.4 MB

Recent Earthquake Activity near the Virgin Islands shows information about seismic activity in the area within the past week.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Earthquake Information provides technical and historic data for the area and links to up to the hour seismic information.

Did You Know?

Turpentine trees, locally called Gumbo Limbo are found throughout the Island, but mostly in dryer forest.

This unusual-looking tree found in dry forest areas has a reddish, peeling bark. The leaves and sap smell like turpentine and have many medicinal properties, but it is the peeling bark that gives the tree its nickname – "Tourist Tree".