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Minor earthquake, 3.1 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.4244S, -64.2993WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3.1 (ml/mb) was reported 33 kilometers (21 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Monday. Exact location of event, longitude -64.2993 West, latitude 18.4244 North, depth = 9 km. The 3.1-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 20:15:39 / 8:15 pm (local time epicenter). Event id: pr16264000. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr16264000. Exact time and date of earthquake 20/09/16 / 2016-09-20 00:15:39 / September 20, 2016 @ 12:15 am UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 9 km (6 miles).

Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, Road Town (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 32 km (20 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 34 km (21 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop).

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

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. 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: 33 km E of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.2993° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.4244° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 9 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 33km E 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 2016-09-20 00:15:39 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-09-20 04:09:28 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 148 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 4 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.45814079 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 349.2 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 pr16264000 Id of event.
Event Code 16264000 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16264000, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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