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Minor earthquake, 3.1 mag was detected near Road Town in British Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.5067S, -64.5224WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3.1 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The temblor was reported at 08:21:03 / 8:21 am (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 06/01/16 / 2016-01-06 12:21:03 / January 6, 2016 @ 12:21 pm UTC/GMT. Exact location, longitude -64.5224° West, latitude 18.5067° North, depth = 95 km. All ids that are associated to the event: pr16006029. Unique identifier: pr16006029. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 95 km (59 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, Road Town (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Event epicenter was 11 km (7 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 47 km (29 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 14 km (8 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 35 km (22 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 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 twenty-one, in the last 10 days twenty-nine, in the past 30 days fourty-nine and in the last 365 days four hundred and twelve earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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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, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 14 km NE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.5224° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.5067° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 95 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 14km NE 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 12:21:03 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-06 16:04:32 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 148 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 6 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.12666246 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.03 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 pr16006029 Id of event.
Event Code 16006029 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16006029, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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