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3.14 EARTHQUAKE FELT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

3.14 EARTHQUAKE FELT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

April 26, 2011494Views

Tuesday, April 26th 2011   An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.14M on the Richter Scale was recorded in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at approximately 1:24 AM yesterday.  The report indicated that the epicenter was located near Latitude 18.92 and Longitude 64.45 or 15 miles North-West of Anegada, 30 miles North-North West of Virgin Gorda, at a depth of 46 miles. No damage was reported and no watches or warnings were issued by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.


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.