September 3, 20161896Views

Two separate earthquakes were felt in the Virgin Islands on Friday September 2nd. The first quake with a magnitude of 3.01 occurred around 6:22p.m. followed by a second earthquake with a  magnitude of 4.3 at  6:50 p.m.

Information received from the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) indicate that the first earthquake at 6:22p.m.  measured 3.01 on the Richter Scale and was located latitude 18.38, longitude 64.59  at a depth of 12kilometres.  The quake occurred at a distance of 2.65 miles south east of Road Town, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands

The second earthquake occurred at 6:50p.m.measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale. It was located at latitude 17.90, longitude 65.63 at a depth of 11km.  The quake was recorded  at a distance of 30.39km south-south east of Vieques , Puerto Rico.

No Tsunami Watches or Warnings were issued for the BVI.

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.

Persons who felt this earthquake can assist the DDM and the PRSN in determining its intensity by logging on to the link below and filling out the electronic form

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