April 21st, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Quake strikes near Samoa Islands

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck near the Samoa Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday.

The quake hit at 6:20 a.m. Thursday (1:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday), the agency said.

It was centered about 157 miles (253 km) west of Pago Pago, a city on American Samoa, the the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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  1. andy

    "Everyone, don't listen to him. 15 earthquakes and an unrelenting volcanic eruption would indicate otherwise.. something is amiss geologically."

    Haha, Something is amiss? Something has been amiss for 4 billion years dude. It's called plate tectonics, magma, time. Did you go to public school or something?

    April 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. george

    My wall calender doesn't go beyond December 31, 2010. Perhaps there is a reason!?
    I'm gonna get a new one at the end of the year. lol.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sohni

    I agree Simon...CNN is getting a little crazy lately with these ridiculous front page stories to help stir the bogus 2012 freaks out there. You have to realize the majority of people out there are ignorant and uneducated..the average American doesn't learn facts but ingests everything given to them by simple media without educationg themselves. So if CNN and other news outlets want to seduce them with sensationalism, they will take it.

    Educate yourselves people and CNN, behave yourselves and go back to some responsible reporting please!

    April 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. everrdy

    sorry folks, this happens every time my wife kisses me

    April 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DoubleW

    I'll be glad when the media gets off on another series of natural disasters– say, windstorms, heavy rains, invasions of giant bats– something, anything but this silly dramatizing of every seismic hiccup anywhere in the world.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kilauea/Ariiteuira

    scientists don't think it's unusual until an event comes and points out in fact that man can't control and dont know enough about mother nature!!For your info one volcano '(out of 4) in the Vanuatu Islands (near by Samoa)just blew up! sweet dreams everyone...

    April 22, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. asitwas

    I think everyone needs to check the actual data themselves, because earthquakes are on the rise, since 2005 consistantly more than 1800 quakes over 5.0, that is way above any other year from 1990 onwards. This year we are already at around 40% of the total quakes from last year and it's only April...........take it as you like but don't go running around saying "sensationalist" or something about 2012 without doing your own research.

    April 22, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. iniRadi

    I agree Simon and sohni, usualy is it Al Queda or any other terrorist which makes the front page,but i think the people get boring of war, so now we blame the nature for it, nothing much left so far!! but this year we start of with Haitit, which was an tragedy and of course our planet is always "dancing"
    regarding Maya calendar, everyone already considered that maybe they wasnt finished with this calendar??

    April 22, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Prof. Dr. Nagy Istvan

    There is no increasing seismic activity. Though planet Earth seems going out of control, this sequence of events are normal. The whole Indo-Australian region is active at the moment, and it will be active for several years to come. The great Sumatra earthquake started the sequence 6 years ago, and the fault lines-plates interact with each-other like a gigantic puzzle. The activity will continue till the whole region's excess energy will be released. Until then those who live in Europe, Turkey, Central Atlantic region will have no major events. This is a normal thing... Right now the activity is centered around the "Ring of Fire". Planet Earth is a living being, has cycles, she moves and changes her face. The earthquakes are just a "byproduct" of her life cycle. For example in Romania (one of the most active zones in Europe) in 1940 was a 7,5R quake killing a lot of people, in 1977 was a 7,3R killing 1400 and destroying cities. In 1986 was a 7,2R, in 1992 two 7,0R-s, in 2004 a 6R. And between these events were hundreds of 5R. Just between 1980 and 1990 there was a year that made 5 quakes bigger than 5,5R. But during that time no one thought about the Apocalypse.This is it... These major events are geophysical normal.
    Let God be with those who lost loved ones, and with those who have to go on. Do not fear from the future, don't be afraid from Nature. Respect her, as You have to believe in God.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Prof. Dr. Nagy Istvan

    And for the Mayan calendar... Their world ended during the Spanish conquest. They didn't know about Eurasia, Australia, other civilizations etc. so it's normal they had their vision about the world. But why does their prophecy say 2012, when their world ended during the late middle ages?
    Look at Katla on Iceland instead! Eyjafjallajökull is just (let's hope not) a firecracker compared tho her larger sister... Because every time eyjafjallajökull blew, Katla blew too!

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