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3.61 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE FELT IN THE BVI

3.61 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE FELT IN THE BVI

May 23, 20174264Views

A 3.61 magnitude earthquake was felt in the British Virgin Islands in the early hours of Tuesday, 23 May.

Information released by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) indicates that an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.61 on the Richter scale occurred in the Virgin Islands region at 1:46a.m. on Tuesday, 23 May.

The epicentre of the earthquake occurred at a depth of 25 kilometres (or 16 miles) and at the location 18.86 latitude, 64.32 longitude.  No tsunami watches or warnings were issued for the BVI.

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, buildings, 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 this earthquake can assist the DDM and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network in determining its intensity by logging on to the link below and filling out the electronic form:

http://www.prsn.uprm.edu/English/DFI/reportesismosII.php?id=20170523054627&lat=18.8601&lon=-64.3256&prof=25