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UPDATE: Minor earthquake felt in BVI; active zone

The earthquake is morning was located at latitude 18.82 and longitude -64.34.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is reminding residents that the British Virgin Islands is located in a seismically active zone; this after sections of the territory experienced a relatively minor earthquake today, November 11.

The Puerto Rico Seismic Network recorded a 4.26 magnitude tremor approximately 13 miles north of Virgin Gorda. The exact location of the tremor was pinpointed at latitude 18.82 and longitude -64.34.

The earthquake, which happened minutes after 10 o’clock this morning, is said to have had a depth of roughly 30 kilometres.

The DDM advises residents to remain calm in the event of future earthquakes.

“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, buildings, 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,” said the DDM.

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