Shakes from BVI quake felt here on Saturday | THE DAILY HERALD

Map shows where Saturday’s earthquake occurred off Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

SIMPSON BAY–Some early risers and partiers welcoming the dawn of the last day of August got a shake-up they did not anticipate when an earthquake close to Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) shook their world.

The quake occurred about 4:45am. It measured 4.9 on the Richter Scale of magnitude, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It occurred some 86 kilometres northeast of Road Town. The effects were felt in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Barths, Antigua and Barbuda, and Anguilla.

In spite of the wide area of the earthquake’s shock effect, not many people seem to have registered it. This can be inferred from the almost-non-existent social media posts about the natural occurrence.

Source: The Daily Herald