Saturday 14th September 2013 – According, to information issued by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, two earthquakes above the magnitude of 4.0 occurred in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands. At 10:04 AM an earthquake measuring 4.36Md Latitude: 19.0533 Longitude:64.843 occurred at a depth of 46 km at a distance of 73.5 km North North-West of Road Town, Tortola, BVI. The second quake occurred at 12:34 PM measuring 4.24Md Latitude: 19.1265 Longitude:64.8456 occurred at a depth of 48 Km at a distance of 81.63 Km North-Northwest of Road Town, Tortola, BVI. No Tsunami Watches or Warnings were issued for the Virgin Islands.
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 either earthquake can assist the DDM and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network in determining its intensity by logging on to the links below and filling out the electronic forms