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

Earthquake location 19.0853S, -64.5759WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3 (ml/mb) was reported 74 kilometers (46 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Friday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -64.5759 West, latitude 19.0853 North, depth = 63 km. The 3-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 07:30:45 / 7:30 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 63 km (39 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr15303041. Id of event: pr15303041. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 30/10/15 / 2015-10-30 11:30:45 / October 30, 2015 @ 11:30 am.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 72 km (45 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 73 km (46 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Close 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).

In the past 24 hours, there have been fourteen, in the last 10 days twenty-eight, in the past 30 days fifty and in the last 365 days five hundred and eighteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world each year.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 74 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.5759° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 19.0853° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 63 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 74km N 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 2015-10-30 11:30:45 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-31 03:30:42 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -240 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 0.66475331 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.5 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 291.6 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 pr15303041 Id of event.
Event Code 15303041 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr15303041, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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