August 13th, 2010
05:46 PM ET

USGS: 7.2 quake strikes near Marianas

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck south of the Mariana Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Mariana Islands - an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean - are made up of two U.S. territories, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands sit about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning after the quake, which struck at 7:19 a.m. Saturday (5:19 p.m. ET Friday).

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  1. bikash

    it's really sad news..........m praying to the god .dat .everything will be ok......

    August 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ledaliz

      World's first tsunami shelter system. Check You Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmVOna-v98M

      August 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BradinOC

    Where's the tsunami headed, Hawaii or the Phillipines?

    August 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Hopefully not to Hawaii.....

      August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mat

    oh dear 😦

    August 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wimmers

    Marianas? Where is this place?

    August 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Should be east of the Philippines.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • macs

      aaron, why do you have to be such an A$$! totally uncalled for.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 7.2 M
      Date-Time

      * 13 Aug 2010 21:19:32 UTC
      * 14 Aug 2010 07:19:32 near epicenter
      * 13 Aug 2010 13:19:32 standard time in your timezone

      Location 12.409N 141.487E
      Depth 4 km
      Distances

      * 373 km (232 miles) WSW (252 degrees) of HAGATNA, Guam
      * 487 km (303 miles) NE (48 degrees) of Yap, Micronesia
      * 1664 km (1034 miles) N (3 degrees) of Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

      Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.6 km; Vertical 5.1 km
      Parameters Nph = 296; Dmin = 389.6 km; Rmss = 1.30 seconds; Gp = 32°
      M-type = M; Version = 6
      Event ID US 2010zxcf

      August 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkyREAD

      aaron you should know how to use spell check right? I guess you would know the answer to your question.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      northern marianas is small island in pacific near in guam and phils.

      August 14, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony

    Run for Higher ground!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. josh

    wow CNN, what a story. How about you tell people where Marianas is; or what time the quake hit. Really, any bit of info that cuold have added to your one sentance would have been appreciated.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      I was kind of thinking the same thing

      August 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricKNSeattle

      They do this kind of crap all the time. They post a breaking news banner with such little information.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      It is the island chain in the Pacific that the U.S. territory Guam is a part of...

      August 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      Exact details: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010zxcf.php

      FYI, I called my folks in Guam and said they didn't feel a thing.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOM A

      They probably don't know either and just pulled it off the AP machine...

      August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Good grief.... did you ever think that this is all they know right now?

      August 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vic Luci

      You are 100% right !!
      I agree with you that news are interesting when are correct and complete with details !!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denwisc

      You're already on the internet, why don't you check it out yourself and learn a little?

      August 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • EbonyRose

      Well .. maybe they shouldn't report the news until they actually have some to tell.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      This is CNN. The place for useless and incomplete news.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Murdoc

    Surf's up!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PARROT

    I THINK WE CAN BRING ALL OF THOSE REFUGEES TO THE U.S.....THIS IS A BIG COUNTRY WITH MILLION OF ACRES TOTALLY EMPTY, WE CAN TAKE MILLION OF PEOPLE AND REFUGEES BECAUSE THIS IS THE LAND OF GOD!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damon

      It's a US governed territory and has US military base! Would you like to restate your position? 🙂

      August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Len

      Parrot, refugees??? Marianas Islands are a commonwealth of the United States..

      August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You are insane!! We don't need any more 3rd world trash in this country.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • js

      um no

      August 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PARROT

      MY CHURCH IS WILLING TO TAKE 2 MILLION REFUGEES TODAY...WE HAVE PLENTY OF EMPTY LANDS IN NEW MEXICO, KANSAS, ARIZONA, NEVADA, SOUTH DAKOTA....I MEAN, THIS IS THE LAND OF GOD!!!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • runner305

      Good going, parrot: not only were you unaware that the Marianas are a US commonwealth, but you had to ANNOUNCE your ignorance WITH ANNOYING CAPS!!!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Namereq

    I clicked on a front-page CNN article and all I get is one sentence. "A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck south of the Mariana Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey." Well, that's keeping it pithy.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. madisone

    Why no news of this on t.v.?

    August 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jenn

    is there any tsunami?

    that area is incredibly deep....

    August 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    Happens every day. Marina Islands are not heavily populated, so damage should be negligible.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ledaliz

    World's first tsunami shelter system. Check You Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmVOna-v98M

    August 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    A map and some other information would be helpful CNN.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. woooooooo

    Is that like by the Mariana Trench....

    August 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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