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. Bob

    2012 is on its way....

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

      and after that 2013, and 2014, retc

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

      Bob you my friend are a clown

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

      Hahaha Bob...you got that right!!!!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dottie

    We all need to pray and hope to God that these natural disasters reduce... We hold hands with those affected and may the soul of the departed (if any) rest in peace.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Oh right, let's PRAY away the natural disasters... not take steps to fix global warming...

      August 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    The Marianas Islands are locate id the Pacific Ocean near the equator. The island in the area most people are familiar with is Guam.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Anybody check and see if HAARP was "working" today?

    August 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Better not be the John I know.

      HAARP. Time to move on.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mary

    Yikes – is it still Friday the 13th there? – All kidding aside, it's scary. I hope it was far enough from the islands to spare those who live there.... and that they won't have a tsunami.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Guam is in the Marianas

    August 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    because this quake is in the middle of nowhere and a 7.2 probably wont create enough wave action to push up a tsunami worth mentioning on islands 100 miles away.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marc

    according to USGS there is no tsunami warning issued.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kevin

    I'm glad they posted such a detailed report.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blah

    No Tsunami reported from Hawaii Sunami Center

    August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. look im making news

    I just gave more news about this than CNN lol

    August 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jared

    Per USGS website:

    NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
    HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

    HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
    TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
    A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
    IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
    POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill sykes

    I'm from Guam, but living in Sacramento, CA, and I've been on the islands main website (KUAM news) and it hasn't been updated as of yet, but we've experienced earthquakes almost on a daily basis when I was living there.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BigRed

    http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=pacific.2010.08.13.212902
    According to the offical report, there doesn't seem to be a sunami threat related to the earthquake

    August 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chaz

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

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