A 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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