A 4.5-magnitude earthquake occurred near Saipan yesterday morning and the temblor was felt on the island and well as on the Northern Islands.
CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management special assistant Marvin K. Seman told Saipan Tribune that there were no reports of injuries and damage to property.
“It just surprised people this morning,” he said.
Seman said they did not receive a call from Tinian and Rota reporting that the earthquake was felt on the islands.
According to the U.S. Geological Services, the earthquake occurred at 8:30am (Saipan time) at a depth of 43.3 kilometers.
The epicenter was about 25 miles east northeast of Saipan and 28 miles east northeast of the Northern Islands. The temblor lasted for several seconds.
Emergency Management watch station manager John Takai Camacho said the depth was considered shallow, that’s why some people felt the earthquake.
Camacho said it was possibly a volcanic earthquake because there is a volcano 50 miles north of Saipan.