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EARTHQUAKE SWARM OCCURS IN THE PRVI/REGION

EARTHQUAKE SWARM OCCURS IN THE PRVI/REGION

December 6, 2019268Views

On the 6th December, Starting at 01:54 am local time with a 3.58 Md magnitude earthquake, Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) registered 5 seismic events in the last 5 hours in the Puerto Rico Trench seismic zone.

All the events had magnitudes greater than 3.5 Md (3.57 to 3.73), and depths between 45 km to 78 km. The seismic swarm occurred in the Puerto Rico Trench at approximately 100 Km N-NW Anegada, BVI. PRSN will continue to monitor the seismic activity within the PR/VI Region and continue to provide updates where necessary. Swarm activity in this region does occur periodically so this seismic behavior is not unusual.

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.