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



Earthquake location 18.9034S, -64.9729WA minor earthquake magnitude 2.8 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 62 kilometers (39 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands. Event id: pr16247051. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16247051. The temblor was reported at 06:58:31 / 6:58 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 03/09/16 / 2016-09-03 10:58:31 / September 3, 2016 @ 10:58 am. Exact location of event, depth 15 km, -64.9729° West, 18.9034° North. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 15 km (9 miles).

Epicenter of the event was 65 km (40 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 63 km (39 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 65 km (40 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop), 75 km (47 miles) from Culebra (c. 1 500 pop). 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). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Culebra, Cruz Bay, Road Town (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1,300,000 minor earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days seventeen, in the past 30 days twenty-five and in the last 365 days five hundred and sixty 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.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 62 km N of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.9729° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.9034° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 15 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 62km N 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 2016-09-03 10:58:31 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-09-03 20:05:10 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -240 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 3 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.54797232 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.2 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 306 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 pr16247051 Id of event.
Event Code 16247051 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16247051, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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