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Minor earthquake, 2.98 mag strikes near Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands

Earthquake location 18.8011S, -65.1643WA minor earthquake with magnitude 2.98 (ml/mb) was reported 56 kilometers (35 miles) from Charlotte Amalie in U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 63 km (39 miles). Exact location of earthquake, -65.1643° West, 18.8011° North, depth 63 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 09/01/19 / 2019-01-09 10:03:42 / January 9, 2019 @ 10:03 am. Unique identifier: pr2019009005. Ids that are associated to the event: pr2019009005. The 2.98-magnitude earthquake was detected at 06:03:42 / 6:03 am (local time epicenter).

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). Epicenter of the event was 74 km (46 miles) from Fajardo (c. 34 100 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Tortola (c. 23 900 pop), 57 km (35 miles) from Charlotte Amalie (c. 20 000 pop), 78 km (49 miles) from Isabel Segunda (c. 9 300 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Road Town (c. 8 400 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Ceiba, Isabel Segunda, Luquillo (min 5000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days twenty-one, in the past 30 days fourty-nine and in the last 365 days five hundred and nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. 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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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 56 km NNW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 2.98 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -65.1643° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 18.8011° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 63 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 56km 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 2019-01-09 10:03:42 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2019-01-09 10:30:20 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 137 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 15 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.9502 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.4 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 324 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 pr2019009005 Id of event.
Event Code 2019009005 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pr2019009005, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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