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Minor earthquake 3.1 mag, 60 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.9563S, -64.5111WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3.1 (ml/mb) was detected on Thursday, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -64.5111 West, latitude 18.9563 North, depth = 35 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 07/01/16 / 2016-01-07 09:53:04 / January 7, 2016 @ 9:53 am. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16007030. Id of event: pr16007030. The 3.1-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 05:53:04 / 5:53 am (local time epicenter).

Country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 58 km (36 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 60 km (37 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 76 km (47 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Cruz Bay, Road Town, Tortola.

Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been twenty-eight, in the last 10 days fifty-four, in the past 30 days seventy-four and in the last 365 days five hundred and fourty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. There are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world each year.

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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. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 60 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.5111° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.9563° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 35 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 60km 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 2016-01-07 09:53:04 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-07 14:26:05 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 4 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.73212696 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.3 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 334.8 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 pr16007030 Id of event.
Event Code 16007030 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16007030, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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