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MAGNITUDE 6.0 EARTHQUAKE RECORDED EAST OF THE BVI

MAGNITUDE 6.0 EARTHQUAKE RECORDED EAST OF THE BVI

March 19, 20161697Views

Saturday 19th  March 2016 –According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network an earthquake  magnitude 6.0 has occurred.

At 7:26 AM an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale, located Latitude: 17.98 Longitude: 60.71 at a depth of 24Km, occurred at a distance of 241miles East of the British Virgin Islands

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, 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 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=20160319112635&lat=17.981&lon=-60.719&prof=24.5