A minor earthquake with magnitude 2.9 (ml/mb) was reported 74 kilometers (46 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Thursday. The temblor was picked up at 04:47:02 / 4:47 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, -64.571° West, 19.086° North, depth 50 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16007024. Id of event: pr16007024. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 07/01/16 / 2016-01-07 08:47:02 / January 7, 2016 @ 8:47 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 50 km (31 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Road Town, Tortola. Event epicenter was 72 km (45 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 73 km (46 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop).
There are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been twenty-three, in the last 10 days fourty-eight, in the past 30 days seventy-five and in the last 365 days five hundred and sixty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby.
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