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Minor earthquake: M2.9 quake has struck near Road Town in British Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.6112S, -64.7591WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.9 (ml/mb) was reported 26 kilometers (16 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Friday. Exact location, longitude -64.7591° West, latitude 18.6112° North, depth = 23 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 23 km (14 miles). The 2.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 07:30:59 / 7:30 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 17/03/17 / 2017-03-17 11:30:59 / March 17, 2017 @ 11:30 am UTC/GMT. Event id: pr17076005. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr17076005.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 25 km (16 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 35 km (22 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 25 km (16 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 31 km (19 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop), 67 km (41 miles) from Culebra (c. 1 500 pop). Close country/countries, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop), British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Culebra, Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days twelve, in the past 30 days fifty-two and in the last 365 days three hundred and fourty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. 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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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 26 km NW of Road Town, British Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.7591° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.6112° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 23 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 26km NW 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 2017-03-17 11:30:59 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-03-17 15:53:33 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 4 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.31620698 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.05 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 320.4 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 pr17076005 Id of event.
Event Code 17076005 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr17076005, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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