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Minor earthquake, 2.86 mag strikes near Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands



Earthquake location 18.7158S, -65.0605WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.86 (ml/mb) was reported 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday. The 2.86-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 23:55:21 / 11:55 pm (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 05/09/17 / 2017-09-05 03:55:21 / September 5, 2017 @ 3:55 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 50 km (31 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, longitude -65.0605 West, latitude 18.7158 North, depth = 50 km. Event id: pr2017248003. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr2017248003.

Country/countries that might be effected, Puerto Rico (c. 3 917 000 pop), British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 76 km (47 miles) from Fajardo (c. 34 100 pop), 57 km (36 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 44 km (27 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 75 km (46 miles) from Isabel Segunda (c. 9 300 pop), 56 km (35 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Fajardo, Isabel Segunda, Tortola (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days fifteen, in the past 30 days thirty-seven and in the last 365 days four hundred and eighty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 1,300,000 minor earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 2.5 to 2.9 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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: 43 km NNW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.86 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.0605° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.7158° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 50 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 43km NNW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. 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 2017-09-05 03:55:21 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-09-05 07:21:01 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 126 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 3 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.7904 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 264 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 pr2017248003 Id of event.
Event Code 2017248003 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2017248003, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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