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Minor earthquake 2.9 mag, 24 km NNE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.6336S, -64.5548WA 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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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: 24 km NNE 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 -64.5548° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.6336° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 5 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 24km NNE 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 2016-02-03 09:27:31 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-03 12:09:22 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 5 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.22278219 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.34 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 309.6 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 pr16034002 Id of event.
Event Code 16034002 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16034002, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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