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Minor earthquake, 3 mag strikes near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.8575S, -64.402WA minor earthquake magnitude 3 (ml/mb) strikes 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Thursday. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 14 km (9 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, depth 14 km, -64.402° West, 18.8575° North. Global time and date of event 17/11/16 / 2016-11-17 23:29:37 / November 17, 2016 @ 11:29 pm UTC/GMT. The temblor was reported at 19:29:37 / 7:29 pm (local time epicenter). All ids that are associated to the event: pr16322015. Unique identifier: pr16322015.

Event epicenter was 51 km (32 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 72 km (44 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Cruz Bay, Road Town, Tortola (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop) (That might be effected).

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

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 53 km NNE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.402° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8575° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 14 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 53km 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 2016-11-17 23:29:37 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-11-18 05:46:20 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 138 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 6 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.6288207 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.23 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 pr16322015 Id of event.
Event Code 16322015 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr16322015, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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