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Minor earthquake: M3.71 quake has struck near Road Town in British Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.798S, -64.8705WA minor earthquake with magnitude 3.71 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 49 kilometers (30 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands. The temblor was reported at 06:13:06 / 6:13 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 126 km (78 miles). Event id: pr2018012006. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr2018012006. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 12/01/18 / 2018-01-12 10:13:06 / January 12, 2018 @ 10:13 am. Exact location of event, longitude -64.8705 West, latitude 18.798 North, depth = 126 km.

Nearby 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). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Culebra, Cruz Bay, Charlotte Amalie (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 49 km (30 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 51 km (32 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 49 km (30 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Culebra (c. 1 500 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been six, in the last 10 days eighteen, in the past 30 days twenty-seven and in the last 365 days four hundred and twenty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. There are an estimated 130,000 minor quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 3.0 to 4.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 49 km NNW 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 3.71 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.8705° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.798° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 126 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 49km 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 2018-01-12 10:13:06 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-01-12 12:33:06 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 212 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 1.4531 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.28 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 338 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 pr2018012006 Id of event.
Event Code 2018012006 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2018012006, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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