Sunday, August 22, 2010

5.6-magnitude quake strikes off Mariana Islands

Posted: 22 August 2010 1847 hrs

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands : An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the Mariana Islands region on Sunday, a week after a 7.2 tremor and a series of strong aftershocks, US geologists said.

The latest quake struck at 7:33pm (0933 GMT) at a depth of 49 kilometres (30 miles) and was centred 505 kilometres from the Northern Marianas capital Saipan, the US Geological Survey said.

There have been more than 10 quakes of magnitude 5.0 or stronger since the powerful quake on August 14, but all were in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean and well away from populated areas.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no indication of any widespread tsunami threat. - AFP/ms

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