Tortola, VI, July 4th, 2012 (DDM) - Preliminary Information according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale was felt throughout the Virgin Islands at approximately 5:29pm this afternoon. The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.39N and 62.95 West or 6 miles ESE of the Valley, Anguilla at a depth of 54.9 miles.
Preliminary reports, upon speaking with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, have not revealed any damage pertaining to the earthquake or the need for a tsunami bulletin.
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/php/CatalogS/Mseismicity.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.
For further information:
Emergency Communications Officer
Department of Disaster Management
#3 Wailing Road McNamara,
Road Town VG1110, Tortola