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Minor earthquake, 2.8 mag has occurred near Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.0153S, -65.055WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) was reported 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday. The epicenter was at a depth of 8 km (5 miles). The temblor was reported at 13:56:38 / 1:56 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, depth 8 km, -65.055° West, 18.0153° North. Exact time and date of earthquake 19/01/16 / 2016-01-19 17:56:38 / January 19, 2016 @ 5:56 pm UTC/GMT. All ids that are associated to the event: pr16019011. Unique identifier: pr16019011.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 46 km (28 miles) from Saint Croix (c. 50 600 pop), 72 km (45 miles) from Fajardo (c. 34 100 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 39 km (24 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 44 km (27 miles) from Isabel Segunda (c. 9 300 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Punta Santiago, Naguabo, Fajardo. Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop), British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days fifteen and in the last 365 days one hundred and fourty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 1,300,000 minor earthquakes in the world each year.

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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. 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: 38 km SSW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.055° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.0153° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 8 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 38km SSW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. 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 2016-01-19 17:56:38 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-19 21:22:53 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 121 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 6 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.34764801 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.28 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 144 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 pr16019011 Id of event.
Event Code 16019011 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16019011, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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