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Minor earthquake: M3 quake has struck near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 19.1324S, -64.6715WA minor earthquake magnitude 3 (ml/mb) strikes 79 kilometers (49 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Wednesday. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 42 km (26 miles). Unique identifier: pr16007034. Ids that are associated to the event: pr16007034. Exact location of event, longitude -64.6715 West, latitude 19.1324 North, depth = 42 km. The temblor was reported at 21:03:01 / 9:03 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 07/01/16 / 2016-01-07 01:03:01 / January 7, 2016 @ 1:03 am UTC/GMT.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop). The epicenter was 77 km (48 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Road Town, Tortola.

Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been fourty-six, in the last 10 days fifty-eight, in the past 30 days eighty-eight and in the last 365 days six hundred and four 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. 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: 79 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.6715° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 19.1324° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 42 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 79km 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 01:03:01 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-07 16:17:13 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 138 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 0.71326234 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.18 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 306 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 pr16007034 Id of event.
Event Code 16007034 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16007034, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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