Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Earthquake - N. Mariana Islands (Saipan) OCT

CANBERRA, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- A magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Wednesday hit the Northern Mariana Islands, but the islands' Emergency Management Office said there is no threat of a tsunami.

Reports reaching here said the quake was located 408 km north of Saipan and 93 km north, northwest of the volcanic island of Pagan.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, with the depth of 248.3 km, occurred at 13:30 local time Wednesday (0330 GMT).

Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio reported that buildings in Saipan, the main island of the Northern Marianas, swayed for a few seconds as the quake jolted the chain of tiny islands. Work and classes were momentarily interrupted.

Last month, two strong quakes also jolted the Marianas region which refers to Guam and the Northern Marianas. - Source

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