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. Mary Jo

    Guam, an American Territory, is at the southern end of the Marianas island chain, about 100 west of the Marianas trench–the deepest spot on earth at around 7 miles. It is a subduction zone between two techtonic plates. It has a populaton of around 175, 000 people and has 5 American military bases.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. L in Seattle

    The USGS website reports that this is the 3rd quake in the last 4 days greater than a 7.0 magnitude. Freaky!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimbob

    i grow my own medical Mariana and a tsunami would just suck for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. reaper

    Quakes kill

    August 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PARROT Eater

    PARROT, you're a boob.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jerry

    yo jimbob life is rough eh wow crying over flooded pot plants wow anyway to the earthquake news.Nation shall rise up nation kingdom against kindon,there shall be earthquakes and pestelences in diverse placed and than shall the end come

    August 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
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