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Minor earthquake, 3.16 mag has occurred near Road Town in British Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.9193S, -64.8451WA minor earthquake magnitude 3.16 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The temblor was reported at 11:17:36 / 11:17 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 24/05/17 / 2017-05-24 15:17:36 / May 24, 2017 @ 3:17 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 77 km (48 miles). Id of earthquake: pr2017144017. Event ids that are associated: pr2017144017. Exact location of earthquake, -64.8451° West, 18.9193° North, depth 77 km.

The epicenter was 59 km (37 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 65 km (40 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 60 km (37 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Cruz Bay, Charlotte Amalie, Road Town.

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

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking 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: 60 km NNW of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 3.16 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.8451° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.9193° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 77 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 60km NNW 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 2017-05-24 15:17:36 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-05-25 00:58:57 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 154 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 5 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.7521 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.34 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 296 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 pr2017144017 Id of event.
Event Code 2017144017 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2017144017, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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