4.8 magnitude earthquake jolts Mariana Islands


Many Saipan residents felt the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that jolted the Mariana Islands last Friday at 3:50pm.

According to the U.S. Geological Service, the earthquake’s epicenter was 28 kilometers north-east of Rota at a depth of 109.4 kilometers.

Based on available data, there was no tsunami threat.

Saipan Tribune learned that there were no reports of injuries or damage to property.

Liza, a resident of Saipan, said she was working on her desk, when she felt the shaking for a brief period. She said she felt dizzy after the temblor.

A resident of Chalan Kanoa on Saipan said the jolt lasted about three seconds, but not strong.

The CK resident noticed the water in their 5-gallon bottle swaying after the little shaking.

A Rota police officer said he did not feel the earthquake and also did not hear about it from anybody.

A hotel employee on Rota said she also did not feel and hear about the earthquake. She said she was at home at that time.

A Tinian police officer said he was on duty on Friday afternoon and that he and co-workers did not feel the temblor.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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