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Minor earthquake felt Sunday night

Graphical illustration of the earthquake that happened on August 19, near Virgin Gorda.

A 3.21 magnitude earthquake shook the sections of British Virgin Islands late Sunday night, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has reported.

Earthquake readings from the Puerto Rico Seismic Network said the tremor happened at 10:25pm and had a minor intensity of ‘two’.

The quake’s epicenter was located approximately 17 miles North of Virgin Gorda and had a depth of 16.77 miles.

“No tsunami watches, advisories or warnings were issued for the VI from this event,” the DDM said.

What to do during an earthquake

Residents are advised to remain calm during an earthquake.

Persons who are are indoors during a tremor are advised to stay there and move away from objects that may fall such as ceiling fans, glass windows and doors.

Experts advise that persons indoors get under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture, cover their head and hold on. If outdoors, persons are advised to move into an open area away from trees, building, or utility wires and poles.

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  1. Jillcock says:

    I felt a ‘twitch’. This is hardly worth reporting.

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