A minor earthquake magnitude 2.9 (ml/mb) has occurred on Wednesday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 5 km (3 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global time and date of event 03/02/16 / 2016-02-03 09:27:31 / February 3, 2016 @ 9:27 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of earthquake, -64.5548° West, 18.6336° North, depth 5 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16034002. Id of event: pr16034002. The 2.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 05:27:31 / 5:27 am (local time epicenter).
Earthquake epicenter was 22 km (14 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 51 km (32 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 24 km (15 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 42 km (26 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop). 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 Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, Road Town (min 5000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days eight, in the past 30 days one hundred and five and in the last 365 days five hundred and twenty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. 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.
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