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SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES FELT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS LAST EVENING

SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES FELT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS LAST EVENING

November 13, 20111007Views

Sunday 13th November, 2011
 New information from the Puerto Rico
Seismic Network has shown that  a series
of earthquake occurred near the Virgin Islands last evening.

Earthquake #1: At 7:06 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.63Md
on the Richter scale occurred on the Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.20 north latitude and – 64.15
west longitude, or approximately 35 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth
of 25km.

Earthquake #2: At 7:12 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.2Md
on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.96 north latitude and -64.01
west longitude, or approximately 33 miles northeast of Anegada at a depth of 57km.

Earthquake #3: At 7:45 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.6Md
on the Richter occurred on Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report indicated that the
epicenter was located near 19.19 north latitude and -64.33 west longitude, or
approximately 32 miles north of Anegada at a depth of 5.5km.

Earthquake #4: At 8:08 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.66Md
on the Richter scale occurred on the Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.18 north latitude and -64.15
west longitude, or approximately 32 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth
of 40km.

Earthquake #5: At 8:33 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.52Md
on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.03 north latitude and -64.15
west longitude, or approximately 33 miles Northeast of Anegada at a depth of 54.6km.

Earthquake #6: At 9:17 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.59Md
on the Richter scale occurred on the Virgin Islands Platform. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.92 north latitude and -64 west
longitude, or approximately 27 miles northeast of Anegada at a depth of 60.39km.

Earthquake #7: At 11:45 pm an earthquake measuring a magnitude of
3.52Md on the Richter scale occurred on Sombrero Seismic Zone. The report
indicated that the epicenter was located near 19.21 north latitude and -64.26
west longitude, or approximately 26 miles North-northeast of Anegada at a depth
of 40km.

According to the Puerto Rico
Seismic Network there have been no reports or cases of damage.

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 the earthquake
can assist the DDM and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network in determining its
intensity by logging on to http://www.prsn.uprm.edu/English/DFI/reportesismosII.php
and completing a simple electronic form. Persons can also contact the DDM at
468-4200 to report any damage sustained by an earthquake’s impact.