5.1-magnitude quake near Pagan

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake occurred near Pagan Wednesday night, but no one was reported injured and there were no reports of damage to property.

According to the CNMI Emergency Operations Center, the earthquake happened 19 miles southwest of Pagan at 8:58pm.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue tsunami warnings or advisories.

Many residents on Saipan did not feel the temblor.

Last Feb. 28, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake occurred near Agrihan.

Five earthquakes recently occurred near Rota and Saipan in a week.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Aaron G. Wech earlier told Saipan Tribune that the series of earthquakes are normal and expected in tectonic settings like the CNMI.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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