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Minor earthquake: M2.8 quake has struck near Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.7998S, -65.0333WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) was reported 51 kilometers (32 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday. Id of earthquake: pr15355008. Event ids that are associated: pr15355008. Exact location of event, depth 8 km, -65.0333° West, 18.7998° North. Global time and date of event 21/12/15 / 2015-12-21 23:32:19 / December 21, 2015 @ 11:32 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 8 km (5 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was reported at 19:32:19 / 7:32 pm (local time epicenter).

Close 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). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Culebra, Tortola, Road Town. Epicenter of the event was 60 km (38 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 52 km (32 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 60 km (37 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 58 km (36 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop), 62 km (39 miles) from Culebra (c. 1 500 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been 0, in the last 10 days fourteen, in the past 30 days sixty-three and in the last 365 days five hundred and eighty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 1,300,000 minor earthquakes in the world.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 51 km NNW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.0333° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.7998° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 8 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 51km NNW 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 2015-12-21 23:32:19 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-12-22 03:41:39 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 121 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 5 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.45095427 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.31 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 255.6 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 pr15355008 Id of event.
Event Code 15355008 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr15355008, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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