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Light earthquake: M4 quake has struck near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 19.5895S, -64.412WA light earthquake with magnitude 4 (ml/mb) was reported 131 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands (81 miles) on Friday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was reported at 15:29:45 / 3:29 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location, longitude -64.412° West, latitude 19.5895° North, depth = 24 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 15/01/16 / 2016-01-15 19:29:45 / January 15, 2016 @ 7:29 pm. All ids that are associated to the event: pr16015006. Unique identifier: pr16015006. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 24 km (15 miles).

In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days seventy-three, in the past 30 days ninety-two and in the last 365 days five hundred and seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 131 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.412° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 19.5895° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 24 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 131km 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 2016-01-15 19:29:45 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-15 20:37:10 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 246 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 22 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 1.18218291 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.27 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 291.6 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Ml The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID pr16015006 Id of event.
Event Code 16015006 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16015006, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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