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Minor earthquake, 3 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.8969S, -64.2918WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3 (ml/mb) was reported 63 kilometers (39 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Monday. Event id: pr15293003. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr15293003. Exact location of event, longitude -64.2918 West, latitude 18.8969 North, depth = 36 km. The temblor was picked up at 22:30:05 / 10:30 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 36 km (22 miles). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 20/10/15 / 2015-10-20 02:30:05 / October 20, 2015 @ 2:30 am.

Country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Road Town, Tortola (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 61 km (38 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 63 km (39 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days eleven, in the past 30 days fourty-one and in the last 365 days four hundred and thirty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. There are an estimated 130,000 minor earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 63 km NNE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.2918° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8969° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 36 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 63km NNE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-10-20 02:30:05 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-20 05:58:29 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -240 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status REVIEWED Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 138 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network pr The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pr, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 8 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.1706799 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.07 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 324 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Md The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID pr15293003 Id of event.
Event Code 15293003 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr15293003, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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