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Minor earthquake, 2.8 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 19.1114S, -64.5535WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) was reported 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Tuesday. Unique identifier: pr16006006. Ids that are associated to the event: pr16006006. Exact location of event, longitude -64.5535 West, latitude 19.1114 North, depth = 56 km. The temblor was reported at 23:33:18 / 11:33 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 06/01/16 / 2016-01-06 03:33:18 / January 6, 2016 @ 3:33 am UTC/GMT. The epicenter was at a depth of 56 km (35 miles).

Epicenter of the event was 75 km (47 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 76 km (47 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Road Town, Tortola. Country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been ten, in the last 10 days seventeen, in the past 30 days fourty-four and in the last 365 days five hundred and thirty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 1,300,000 minor quakes in the world.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 77 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.5535° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 19.1114° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 56 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 77km 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 2016-01-06 03:33:18 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-06 09:42:02 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 4 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.69260108 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.4 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 309.6 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 pr16006006 Id of event.
Event Code 16006006 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16006006, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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