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Minor earthquake, 2.9 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 19.1149S, -64.6498WA minor earthquake magnitude 2.9 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The 2.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 03:17:03 / 3:17 am (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 08/01/16 / 2016-01-08 07:17:03 / January 8, 2016 @ 7:17 am. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 km (8 miles). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -64.6498 West, latitude 19.1149 North, depth = 13 km. Unique identifier: pr16008002. Ids that are associated to the event: pr16008002.

Event epicenter was 75 km (47 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 77 km (48 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Nearby country/countries, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Road Town, Tortola (min 5000 pop).

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

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 77 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.6498° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 19.1149° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 13 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 77km 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 2016-01-08 07:17:03 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-08 12:16:32 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 129 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 3 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.81207702 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.25 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 338.4 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 pr16008002 Id of event.
Event Code 16008002 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16008002, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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