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7 earthquakes occur near Virgin Islands

November 13th, 2011 | Tags: Richter Scale earthquakes epicenter
The strongest earthquake, which measured 4.6Md on the Richter Scale, occurred on Sombrero Seismic Zone at 7:45 p.m. last evening
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- New information from the Puerto Rico Seismic Network has shown that a series of earthquakes occurred near the Virgin Islands last evening November 12, 2011.

Earthquake #1: At 7:06 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.63Md on the Richter scale occurred on the Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.20 north latitude and - 64.15 west longitude, or approximately 35 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth of 25km.

Earthquake #2: At 7:12 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.2Md on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.96 north latitude and -64.01 west longitude, or approximately 33 miles northeast of Anegada at a depth of 57km.

Earthquake #3: At 7:45 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.6Md on the Richter occurred on Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.19 north latitude and -64.33 west longitude, or approximately 32 miles north of Anegada at a depth of 5.5km.

Earthquake #4: At 8:08 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.66Md on the Richter scale occurred on the Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.18 north latitude and -64.15 west longitude, or approximately 32 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth of 40km.

Earthquake #5: At 8:33 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.52Md on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.03 north latitude and -64.15 west longitude, or approximately 33 miles Northeast of Anegada at a depth of 54.6km.

Earthquake #6: At 9:17 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.59Md on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.92 north latitude and -64 west longitude, or approximately 27 miles northeast of Anegada at a depth of 60.39km.

Earthquake #7: At 11:45 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.52Md on the Richter scale occurred on Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.21 north latitude and -64.26 west longitude, or approximately 26 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth of 40km.

According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network there have been no reports or cases of damage.

The DDM takes this time to remind the BVI community that we live in a seismically active zone, which makes the Territory vulnerable to earthquakes. During an earthquake it is important to stay calm, if you are inside stay there, move away from ceiling fans, glass windows and doors or anything that may fall. Get under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture cover your head and hold on. If outdoors, move into an open area away from trees, building, or utility wires and poles. During an earthquake the more you move the more likely you are to be hurt, so refrain from entering or exiting a building at the time of the impact.

Persons who felt the earthquake can assist the DDM and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network in determining its intensity by logging on to http://www.prsn.uprm.edu/English/DFI/reportesismosII.php and completing a simple electronic form. Persons can also contact the DDM at 468-4200 to report any damage sustained by an earthquake’s impact.

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