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

Earthquake location 18.8244S, -64.2914WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3 (ml/mb) was detected on Saturday, 56 kilometers (35 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The temblor was reported at 04:54:21 / 4:54 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 16/01/16 / 2016-01-16 08:54:21 / January 16, 2016 @ 8:54 am. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 27 km (17 miles). Exact location of earthquake, -64.2914° West, 18.8244° North, depth 27 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16016008. Id of event: pr16016008.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Cruz Bay, Road Town, Tortola (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 54 km (34 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 56 km (35 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 76 km (47 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop).

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

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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 56 km NE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.2914° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8244° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 27 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 56km NE 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 2016-01-16 08:54:21 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-16 12:23:48 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 5 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.50934477 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 327.6 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 pr16016008 Id of event.
Event Code 16016008 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16016008, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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