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. Rdg1

    The liberals keep telling us that a 7.2 mag earthquake has been a regular weekly occurrence since the beginning of time. They tell us that earthquake are not increasing in numbers. They tell us that California has always had tens of thousands of earthquakes yearly.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ji

    who cares anyway, we have enough third world burdens as it is

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

      Again, the Marianas are US territory.
      Don't they teach geography in school any more? Or how to use Google when you are not sure of the facts?

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

      The stupid come out in masses. What would you know about third world? You wouldn't last...

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

      It must be so easy to be a callous a–h*le when you are anonymous AND dumb as a bag of hammers...

      If this comments section is indicative of the level of ignorance in our country, then we are really in trouble- a civilization this stupid, callous and apathetic will not be able to continue much longer...

      August 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RB Bolin

    Got the following from Google Earth using Northern Mariana Island
    M 7.2, Mariana Islands region

    Date: Friday, August 13, 2010 21:19:32 UTC
    Saturday, August 14, 2010 07:19:32 AM at epicenter
    Depth: 4.70 km (2.92 mi)

    August 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. strongminded

    Earth's spin has developed a wobble !,continents are being tugged south , which means G1.9 is puttin the brakes on us !! Pole shift in 2013 is an eminent danger !!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nesianboy

    It is an island archipelago in the Northern Pacific, as well as a US territory. The island chain consists of Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. There are more islands to the north, some are active volcanoes. The deepest part of the ocean lies in the Marianas Trench. The native people are Chamorro and are becoming minorities in their homelands. Guam has not exercised their right to Self-Determination to choose their political relationship with the United States. Because of this, they have no say in the military builld-up which will destroy the island and culture.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • hebelman

      i think you are correct: I think it is a small Island in the Phillipines west of Guam (Google Earth)

      August 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Island Girl

      Thanks, Chelu! The ignorance of Americans continues to astound me. Third world? Come on. Guam has a larger economy, better educational system and richer culture than many third world quality states.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just the facts Ma'am

    If you have ever worked in Emergency Operations Response, you would know that the toughest part is not reacting to rumors, but confirming the information before you react. Whoever posted this report was just providing the facts as they were known to be at the time. If they had reported on rumors, they would have been crucified for making erroneous statements without evidence to back it up. Not their fault you do not know world geography or cannot Google Marianas.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hebelman

    I think it is a small Island in the Phillipines west of Guam (Google Earth)

    August 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lori

    Why do we keep reading CNN's reports? Or ANY newscasts. They never have any info. It is either too short or they draw out and keep reporting the same thing every 5 minutes all day. I like iReport. With the internet, is there a website where people can post good news stories themselves?? CNN, Fox, etc... are always asking for OUR reports, OUR pictures. OUR news coverage!! We need to start our own news sites that report actual through non sensational news.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • David R.

      Exactly. So a magnitude 7.2 quake occurred. I expect a news organization, even a frickin' blog column, to suggest why this might be significant. In this case, it's not – there's not a populated island anywhere close to the epicenter, and tsunami warnings will not be issued. Case closed. There are strong earthquakes all the time in the Pacific; why did this one make the top sub-headline on the front page? has a great web layout, but I'm really getting fed up with their content, or lack of it.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hahaaha

    Nice article!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mick22

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has said that there is no threat of a Tsunami.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David R.

    Here, have a Population Exposure Map:

    See? Not a single island, populated or otherwise, within range of the quake. Wake me up when there's a tsunami warning, CNN. Geez.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • hebelman

      = = = nice map. Good lead. THX

      August 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russ

    Why am I getting a popup on this page with the following on it?

    The page at says:



    I don't have/use Twitter and I have my popup blocker turned on. There's no way out of it except to three finger reset your browser, which is annoying.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rdg1

    How can bible prophecy be so accurate? It's like seeing tomorrow's news written thousands of years ago.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • James V.

      You're either very funny or very scary, I can't decide which. But just to be safe I'm going to go with scary.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    Chicken Little is alive and well!!

    August 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Teriander

    Lets send them hundreds of millions of dollars to show the world how nice we are, just like we do every other country that experiences a natural disaster. Since the government obviously has an unlimited bank account. Oh, and before any of you make any smart comments, Im from New Orleans and Im still waiting for my Katrina support I was promised...

    August 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Island Girl

      Enough with the "them" already! This is an "us!" Sheesh.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teriander

      Island Girl, what the hell are you talking about? Marianas isn't a State. So it's a "them". I don't care if we're occupying them or not. There are 50 states, count them. Let me know if you count Marianas so I can correct you.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • James V.

      You're an idiot Teriander. It's an American Territory meaning it's America. It's ours and it's populated largely by our citizens. What part of that do you not understand? Just because it isn't a "state" you're jumping onto the over-reacting lunatic bandwagon? Have a fun ride ya nutter.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teriander

      James, Then I guess we should write of California as a part of Mexico because it is, as you put it.. "largely populated" by Mexicans. And yes, just because the Federal Government hasn't said Mariana is officially a "state" I will continue to consider it a "commonwealth".

      August 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James V.

      LOL You need to call an electrician man, you're wiring is all screwed up.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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