5.3-magnitude earthquake hits Saipan


A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was detected yesterday, Nov. 13, 2019, at 12:59am some 137 kilometers east-northeast of Saipan, but the CNMI Emergency Operations Center assured that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no tsunami warnings or advisories for this earthquake.

This comes soon after the EOC reported a 4.9-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 8 2019, that occurred at 5:48pm some 212 kilometers west-northwest of Farallon de Pajaros. There was also no tsunami warnings or advisories issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

In Guam, a report of a 5.1-magnitude earthquake occurred at 2:28am on Nov. 6 some 180 kilometers south-southwest of Merizo. That follows a 4.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred at 12:39pm on Nov. 5 about 97 km southwest of Merizo. In both cases, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no tsunami warnings or advisories.

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake occurred 240 kilometers from Pagan on Nov. 3 at 9am. There were also no tsunami warnings or advisories for that temblor.

Farther out in the Pacific, EOC reported a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in the Tonga Islands at 8:44am on Nov. 5, 2019. Based on all available data, there was no tsunami threat to the CNMI from that earthquake.

For more information, contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000. (Saipan Tribune)

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