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Minor earthquake: M3 quake has struck near Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.8887S, -65.0152WA minor earthquake magnitude 3 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 61 kilometers (38 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands. Exact location of earthquake, -65.0152° West, 18.8887° North, depth 25 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 31/10/15 / 2015-10-31 03:24:34 / October 31, 2015 @ 3:24 am. The temblor was detected at 23:24:34 / 11:24 pm (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: pr15304001. Ids that are associated to the event: pr15304001. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 25 km (16 miles).

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop), British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop), 72 km (45 miles) from Culebra (c. 1 500 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Culebra, Cruz Bay, Tortola (min 5000 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been thirteen, in the last 10 days thirty-one, in the past 30 days fifty-seven and in the last 365 days five hundred and eighty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby.

Questions or comments?

What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. 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: 61 km N of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.0152° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8887° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 25 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 61km N of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. 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 2015-10-31 03:24:34 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-31 09:00:15 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 3 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.62971901 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.36 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 327.6 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 pr15304001 Id of event.
Event Code 15304001 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr15304001, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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