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Minor earthquake, 2.9 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.8449S, -64.6976WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.9 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. Global time and date of event 16/11/16 / 2016-11-16 04:40:23 / November 16, 2016 @ 4:40 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of event, depth 15 km, -64.6976° West, 18.8449° North. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 15 km (9 miles). Id of earthquake: pr16321002. Event ids that are associated: pr16321002. The temblor was detected at 00:40:23 / 12:40 am (local time epicenter).

Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, Road Town (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 46 km (29 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 47 km (29 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 58 km (36 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop).

There are an estimated 130,000 minor earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days twenty-two and in the last 365 days four hundred and fifty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. 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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 48 km N of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.6976° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8449° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 15 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 48km N 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 2016-11-16 04:40:23 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-11-16 07:50:19 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 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 9 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.43298797 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.11 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 277.2 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 pr16321002 Id of event.
Event Code 16321002 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16321002, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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