Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 73 km southeast of Road Town, British Virgin Islands, on Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 7:21 pm (GMT -4) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Caribbean Sea, 73 km southeast of Road Town, British Virgin Islands, on Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 7:21 pm (GMT -4)

Séisme modéré magnitude 5.2 at 110 km depth

24 Jan 23:29 UTC: Premier à signaler: EMSC après 7 minutes.
24 Jan 23:31: Magnitude recalculée de 5.9 à 5.3. Profondeur recalculée de 130.0 à 100.0 km (de 81 à 62 mi). Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 17 km (10.7 mi) au SSW.
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25 Jan 06:56: Profondeur recalculée de 111.0 à 110.0 km (de 69 à 68 mi). Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 2.1 km (1.3 mi) au E.
Update Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 23:33
Moderate yet deep earthquake of magnitude 5.2 just reported 70 km southeast of Road Town, British Virgin Islands
5.2 quake 24 Jan 7:21 pm (GMT -4)
5.2 quake 24 Jan 7:21 pm (GMT -4)
A intermediate magnitude 5.2 earthquake was reported early evening near Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Sunday 24 January 2021 at 7:21 pm local time at an intermediate depth of 100 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Road Town (pop. 8,400) located 70 km from the epicenter, Cruz Bay (pop. 2,700) 84 km away, St Croix (pop. 50,600) 93 km away, Marigot (pop. 5,700) 99 km away, Charlotte Amalie (pop. 20,000) 99 km away, Koolbaai (pop. 6,000) 99 km away, Cul de Sac (pop. 8,500) 101 km away, and Lower Prince’s Quarter (pop. 8,000) 104 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 24 Jan 2021 23:21:39 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: dimanche, 24 janv. 2021 19:21 (GMT -4)
Magnitude: 5.2
Profondeur: 110.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.07°N / 64.04°W (Caribbean Sea, Îles Vierges britanniques)
Volcan le plus près: Saba (103 km / 64 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
73 km ESE de Road Town (pop: 8,450) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
99 km ESE de Charlotte Amalie (Îles Vierges des États-Unis) (pop: 20,000) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
101 km O de Marigot (Saint-Martin) (pop: 5,700) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
105 km O de The Valley (Anguilla) (pop: 2,040) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
105 km O de Philipsburg (Saint-Martin (partie néerlandaise)) (pop: 1,400) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
127 km O de Gustavia (Saint-Barthélemy) (pop: 5,990) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
164 km ONO de Basseterre (Saint-Christophe-et-Niévès) (pop: 12,900) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
173 km E de Fajardo (Porto Rico) (pop: 34,100) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
193 km E de Las Piedras (Porto Rico) (pop: 6,660) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
198 km E de Loiza (Porto Rico) (pop: 4,310) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
203 km E de San Lorenzo (Porto Rico) (pop: 9,370) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
220 km E de Guayama (Porto Rico) (pop: 21,600) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
223 km E de San Juan (Porto Rico) (pop: 418,100) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
223 km E de Cataño (Catano, Porto Rico) (pop: 28,100) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
235 km E de Aibonito (Porto Rico) (pop: 8,950) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
239 km ONO de Codrington (Antigua-et-Barbuda) (pop: 1,330) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
256 km ONO de Saint John (Antigua-et-Barbuda) (pop: 24,200) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
337 km NO de Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe) (pop: 11,500) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
73 km ESE de Tortola Island (pop: 23,900) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 25°C (77 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from NE
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) Plus d'infos
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeProfondeurLieuSource
5.2110 kmVIRGIN ISLANDS REGION, British Virgin IslandsEMSC
5.0106 kmVirgin Islands, British Virgin IslandsGFZ
5.494 km76 Km E of Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin IslandsUSGS
5.1101 kmLeeward Islands, British Virgin IslandsGeoAu

User reports for this quake (74)

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Coral Bay, St John USBI / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : More the sound of a train then vibration | 3 users found this interesting.  
South sound Virgin Gorda / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Heard a loud rumble and then the ground shook | 3 users found this interesting.  
St. John USVI / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : Rattled our ceiling loudly | 3 users found this interesting.  
Coral bay,st.john / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : At first a light shaking,then it almost stopped.it then hit a lot harder,enough to make house creek | 2 users found this interesting.  
St. Thomas US Virgin Islands at Estate Tutu / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Heard the rumbling first then slight shaking, the that calm down only to be followed by a louder rumbling and a slightly hard bump immediately after | 2 users found this interesting.  
Greater Cruz Bay St. John’s Island / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Sitting on the patio outside, felt and heard a light rumbling that typically would cease as if a truck was rolling by so earthquake didn’t come to mind until 15 sec. in. Light swaying movement in the swimming pool. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Dorothea st Thomas (102.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Sitting on the couch the whole house rattled and all the kitchen glassware shook and made noises. We all looked up from what we were doing. We were inside. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Marigot Saint Martin / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt it in Marigot Saint Martin | 2 users found this interesting.  
Coral Bay, St Thomas VI / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Windows and doors shook | 2 users found this interesting.  
Simpsonbay, Sint Maarten / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : pretty good sense of shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Sopers Hoke, BVIs (78.3 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sitting on a patio on the water. Shook for 3-5 seconds. Quite violent. Thought it was Like a stampede. | One user found this interesting.  
st thomas (96.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : the floor and couch shook a bit. | One user found this interesting.  
North Shore St. John / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt movement under our feet and heard rumbling like a passing truck | One user found this interesting.  
189 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Higuerrillo, naguabo P.R. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Chocolate hole St. John usvi / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : More of a rumbling noise  
North Shore St. John / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt movement under our feet and heard rumbling like a passing truck  
96.6 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Coral Bay, St John USBI / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : More the sound of a train then vibration  
At John The Westin (83.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt like something under the building was starting...like a motor. A rumbling under the building  
St Thomas / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
North Shore St. John / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt movement under our feet and heard rumbling like a passing truck  
Sapphire Beach, St Thomas USVI (90.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : felt the shaking of building, was on 2nd floor balcony, water pipe broke for our building  
St Maarten / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : TV shook across cabinate  
Central Puerto Rico 00736 (221.5 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : NOT FELT. (reported through our app)  
St thomas / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Scary, was not sure what it was and things started to rattle with a rumbling sound  
Coral Bay, USVI / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
UsVI near the town of Red Hook / Light shaking (MMI IV) : We were in our hotel room. We felt the shaking and could hear it also. It only lasted a few seconds but was definitely an unsettling experience.  
Fish Bay St John USVI / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Standing in kitchen both felt it and immediately new it was earthquake.  
348.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / not felt : Rien ressenti (reported through our app)  
St. John east end / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
Virgin Gorda / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s
72.9 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Marigot, st Martin / not felt
St Thomas U S Virgin Islands / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
877.4 km S of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Ritz Carlton Great Bay / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Standing in kitchen felt building sway  
84.5 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
278.4 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Saint Maarten / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 20-30 s
Gustavia Saint Barthélemy / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Fish Bay, St.John , USVI (81.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
St. John Cruz bay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Naguabo (189 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : Very weak (reported through our app)  
Saint Thomas / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Chocolate hole St. John usvi / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : More of a rumbling noise  
BAYAMON CITY IN PUERTO RICO / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake : WACHING TV IN MY SOFA.  
Anguilla / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Maho beach / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : Sonesta hotel moved for 1 sec  
Basseterre, St. Kitts (169.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I felt a gentle back and forth movement  
Meagans bay / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Heard a rumble and a vibration ....  
St.Martin, Grandcase / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Cupboards swung open  
Saint Martin / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
6 St. Peter st thomas vi (581.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
104.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
343.2 km SE of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Charlotte Amalie / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
annas retreat st thomas.. shook the bed and room / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
The valley, Anguilla (106.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : .  
Sint maarten / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s
Coral bay St. John / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Vieques, P. R (147.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating (reported through our app)
Flamands SBH / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
100.5 km E of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
213.1 km W of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s (reported through our app)
220.9 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short (reported through our app)
St. maarten (30.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Villa Borinquen, Vieques (147.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
105.3 km E of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
715.9 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Northside Anguilla (105.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
105.7 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s (reported through our app)
Manati PR (262.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Not felt. (reported through our app)  
101 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
218.4 km W of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 29 Jan 2021 03:00 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    82 km (51 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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