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Saturday, Jan 23, 2021

Stark Reminder For BVI As Earthquake Rocks PR

Stark Reminder For BVI As Earthquake Rocks PR

Officials have warned about aftershocks affecting nearby islands following a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the south of Puerto Rico.
According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the earthquake occured at approximately 5:08 AM, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN), recorded an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.6

The epicenter was located at latitude 17.89 North, 66.78 West at 17.76 Km South East of Guanica, at depth of 1 km. The distance of the epicenter from British Virgin Islands is approximately 160 miles. No Watches, Advisories or Warnings were issued for this event. A number of aftershocks have occurred more noticeably a 4.4 and the PRSN is still monitoring the situation.

"The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) takes this time to remind the BVI community that we live in a seismically active zone, which makes the Territory vulnerable to earthquakes," DDM stated.

Further, DDm advised that 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," DDM outlined.

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