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. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    you need all 3 things for an earthquake to matter. Strength, depth, and location. This one did not have location. Youd think an international news group would know this. But I guess a scary looking headline attracts more people than the truth.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sara

    According to the, the quake happened at 5pm Eastern, 230 miles SW of Guam.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    CNN could have mentioned the Mariana Islands are a crescent shaped chain of islands east of the Philippines with the island of Guam at the southern tip.

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

    I just hope the Chanoru's are ok. That's my people.

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

    Thanks... so WHERE are the Mariana Islands? Might be nice to know.... or were they just desperate to be the first to post some "news" on the earthquake? Seriously, a little map wouldn't take 30 seconds... another 30 to notify who might get a tsunami.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RockHound

    This is noteworthy because it is the third earthquake greater than 7.0 magnitude since Tuesday (8/10). That's 3 major earthquakes within 4 days - 7.3 mag near Vanatu on 8/10; 7.1 mag in Ecuador on 8/12; and now this 7.2 mag near the Marianas today. Seems like ole mother earth is waking up a bit lately. BTW, according to NOAA, a tsunami is NOT expected from this latest event.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick

    Can someone please tell me where is the Marianas Islands are located?

    August 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. What a headline

    Can't believe the detail on this. Good thing I realize this island isn't by New York. Or is it?

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

    So I guess our good old USA should gear up to send it's young men and women, financial, and capital resources off to another hot spot in the world where they hate us and can't even appreciate the help that we give freely. Why does it take a 911 type tragedy on USA soil before the rest of the countries in the world come to our aid. Lord, please protect this country because if and when catastrophy happens there will be no others there to help us.

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

      OK, the Marianas Islands are a US territory. They are not a foreign country, they are part of the good ole USA!

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

      There's always one person who will work 911 into any comment section.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grant

    Marianas are near Guam

    August 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Emma

    I live on Guam, and we've been having lots of small earthquakes lately, hope this isn't a sign of a big one to come. Also, should we be concerned about a tsunami?? Seriously, that was a good size earthquake.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alaric

    The Marianas is an island chain in the Pacific, between the Philippines and Hawaii: Saipan, Rota and Tinian are the inhabited islands of the Northern Marianas and there is also Guam to the south. They are US Territories... it is said they are where America's day begins as it is already tomorrow over there (Sat the 14th). Very critical during WWII: Saipan was where all that action depicted in "Windtalkers" took place and Tinian is where the Enola Gay took off from. The USS Indianapolis was sunk off the coast of Saipan and Saipan was mentioned in regard to that in the movie "Jaws".

    Over 300,000 people live in the Marianas, mostly along the low-lying areas... a tsunami could be devastating.

    Hafa to all my friends over there, I hope everything is OK

    August 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nesianboy

      Hafa adai!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MarkE

    Marianas are east of Phillipines with guam being the main island.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James V.

    I like Marianas Sauce. It makes cheese sticks taste even better.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • runner305


      August 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbob

      Medical Mariana is now legal in many states in the USA.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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