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Earthquake felt near Road Town-DDM

An earthquake measuring 3.18Mb was felt near Road Town around 9 A.M. this morning, March 8, 2013 and has also been confirmed by the Department for Disaster Management (DDM). Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An earthquake was felt in the Virgin Islands around 9 A.M. this morning, March 8, 2013 and has also been confirmed by the Department for Disaster Management (DDM).

Persons as far as Cane Garden Bay reported hearing a "loud rumbling".

The DDM stated that according to information issued by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, the earthquake measuring 3.18Mb occurred near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this morning at approximately 9 A.M. local time.

The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.68 north latitude and 64.98 west longitude, or 49.62 Km Northwest of Road Town at a depth of 39 kilometers. No Tsunami Warning or Watch was issued.

The DDM stated on its website that it takes this time to remind the VI 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

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