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Minor earthquake, 2.91 mag was detected near Road Town in British Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.6703S, -64.3381WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.91 (ml/mb) was reported 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Road Town in British Virgin Islands on Saturday. Global time and date of event 20/01/18 / 2018-01-20 08:26:40 / January 20, 2018 @ 8:26 am UTC/GMT. Event id: pr2018020004. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pr2018020004. The temblor was detected at 04:26:40 / 4:26 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 63 km (39 miles). Exact location, longitude -64.3381° West, latitude 18.6703° North, depth = 63 km.

Earthquake epicenter was 38 km (24 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 72 km (45 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 40 km (25 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Cruz Bay (c. 2 700 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay, Road Town. Close country/countries, British Virgin Islands (c. 22 000 pop), U.S. Virgin Islands (c. 109 000 pop) (That might be effected).

Earthquakes 2.5 to 3.2 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 130,000 minor earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days sixteen, in the past 30 days thirty-one and in the last 365 days three hundred and fifty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.

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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. 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: 40 km NE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.91 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -64.3381° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.6703° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 63 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 40km NE 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 2018-01-20 08:26:40 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-01-20 11:59:46 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 130 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 1.6004 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 353 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 pr2018020004 Id of event.
Event Code 2018020004 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2018020004, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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