Terremoto moderato mag. 5.2 - Mar dei Caraibi, 73 km a sud-est da Road Town, Isole Vergini Britanniche, domenica, 24 gennaio 2021 -

Terremoto moderato mag. 5.2 - Mar dei Caraibi, 73 km a sud-est da Road Town, Isole Vergini Britanniche, domenica, 24 gennaio 2021

Terremoto moderato magnitudine 5.2 at 110 km depth

24 Jan 23:29 UTC: Primo a segnalare: EMSC dopo 7 minuti.
24 Jan 23:31: Magnitudine ricalcolata da 5.9 a 5.3. Profondità ricalcolata da 130.0 a 100.0 km (da 81 a 62 mi). Posizione dell'epicentro corretta di 17 km (10.7 mi) al SSW.
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25 Jan 06:56: Profondità ricalcolata da 111.0 a 110.0 km (da 69 a 68 mi). Posizione dell'epicentro corretta di 2.1 km (1.3 mi) al 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:

Data & ora: 24 Jan 2021 23:21:39 UTC -
Ora locale a epicentro: domenica, 24 gen 2021 19:21 (GMT -4)
Magnitudine: 5.2
Profondità: 110.0 km
Epicentro latitudine / longitudine: 18.07°N / 64.04°W (Mar dei Caraibi, Isole Vergini Britanniche)
Vulcano più vicino: Saba (103 km / 64 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
73 km ESE da Road Town (pop: 8,450) --> Vedi sismi vicini
99 km ESE da Charlotte Amalie (Isole Vergini Americane) (pop: 20,000) --> Vedi sismi vicini
101 km O da Marigot (Saint Martin) (pop: 5,700) --> Vedi sismi vicini
105 km O da The Valley (Anguilla) (pop: 2,040) --> Vedi sismi vicini
105 km O da Philipsburg (Sint Maarten) (pop: 1,400) --> Vedi sismi vicini
127 km O da Gustavia (Saint-Barthélemy) (pop: 5,990) --> Vedi sismi vicini
164 km ONO da Basseterre (Saint Kitts e Nevis) (pop: 12,900) --> Vedi sismi vicini
173 km E da Fajardo (Portorico) (pop: 34,100) --> Vedi sismi vicini
193 km E da Las Piedras (Portorico) (pop: 6,660) --> Vedi sismi vicini
198 km E da Loiza (Portorico) (pop: 4,310) --> Vedi sismi vicini
203 km E da San Lorenzo (Portorico) (pop: 9,370) --> Vedi sismi vicini
220 km E da Guayama (Portorico) (pop: 21,600) --> Vedi sismi vicini
223 km E da San Juan (Portorico) (pop: 418,100) --> Vedi sismi vicini
223 km E da Cataño (Catano, Portorico) (pop: 28,100) --> Vedi sismi vicini
235 km E da Aibonito (Portorico) (pop: 8,950) --> Vedi sismi vicini
239 km ONO da Codrington (Antigua e Barbuda) (pop: 1,330) --> Vedi sismi vicini
256 km ONO da Saint John (Antigua e Barbuda) (pop: 24,200) --> Vedi sismi vicini
337 km NO da Basse-Terre (Guadalupa) (pop: 11,500) --> Vedi sismi vicini
73 km ESE da Tortola Island (pop: 23,900) --> Vedi sismi vicini
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 25°C (77 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from NE
Fonte dati primaria: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Stima dell'energia sismica liberata: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudineProfonditàUbicazioneFonte
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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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.  
Manati PR (262.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Not felt. | 3 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
189 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Higuerrillo, naguabo P.R. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
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.  
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.  
96.6 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
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  
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  
Central Puerto Rico 00736 (221.5 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : NOT FELT. (reported through our app)  
348.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / not felt : Rien ressenti (reported through our app)  
72.9 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
877.4 km S of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
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
Fish Bay, St.John , USVI (81.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Naguabo (189 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : Very weak (reported through our app)  
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  
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)
The valley, Anguilla (106.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : .  
Vieques, P. R (147.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating (reported through our app)
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)
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)
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  
Coral Bay, St John USBI / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : More the sound of a train then vibration  
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  
St Maarten / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : TV shook across cabinate  
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
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.  
St. John east end / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
Virgin Gorda / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s
Marigot, st Martin / not felt
St Thomas U S Virgin Islands / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Ritz Carlton Great Bay / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Standing in kitchen felt building sway  
Saint Maarten / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 20-30 s
Gustavia Saint Barthélemy / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
St. John Cruz bay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
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  
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)
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
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
Flamands SBH / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
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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
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    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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