On the 19th August 2018 at 10:25 pm according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.21 with an intensity of 2 occurred in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands.
Intensity 2 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale means such earthquakes are generally felt by a few people at rest especially on upper floors of buildings.
The epicenter was located at latitude 18.73, longitude 63.44 or approximately 17 miles North of Virgin Gorda, BVI at a depth of 16.77 miles. No tsunami watches, advisories or warnings were issued for the VI from this event.
The Department of Disaster Management (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.
To assist the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) please follow the link and fill out the Survey. This will assist them in gathering more information about the earthquake.