Saturday, August 14, 2010
An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Mariana Islands today. The epicenter was located 1,484 kilometers northeast of Davao, Philippines and 2,703 kilometers northeast of Lahad Datu, Sabah at a depth of 4.7 kilometers.
The eathquake struck Mariana at 07:19 a.m. local time (09:19 p.m. GMT Friday). The Northern Marianas emergency management office said that there were no damages reported in the nation. Also the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no Tsunami indication.
No tremors were felt in any of the major islands like Saipan nor in Hagåtña, the capital of Guam. An aftershock measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the islands ten hours later but it did not trigger a tsunami.
== Sources ==
AFP. 7.2 magnitude quake strikes off Mariana Islands: USGS [archived version] — Times of India, August 14, 2010
"7.2 magnitude quake strikes off Mariana" — 9News, August 14, 2010
"Strong Quake Occurs South Of Mariana Islands" — Bernama.com, August 14, 2010