Community Briefs – October 23, 2020

Posted on Oct 23 2020

4.8-magnitude quake in Guam

At 11:06pm on Oct. 21, 2020, a report of a 4.8-magnitude earthquake occurred 135 kilometers southwest of Merizo in Guam. Currently, there are no tsunami warnings or advisories issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. For more information, contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 670-237-8000. (PR)

4.9-magnitude quake in Marianas region

At 8:41am on Oct. 22, 2020, a report of a 4.9-magnitude earthquake occurred at 18.815°N 147.251°E in the Mariana Islands region. Currently, there are no tsunami warnings or advisories that were issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. For more information, contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000. (PR)

Scheduled water service interruption today

There will be a scheduled water service interruption today, Oct. 23, 2020, from 8am to 4pm for the entire Kagman, Papago, San Vicente, Upper Dandan and Obyan areas. This will allow the contractor of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Hong Ye Construction, to cut and cap the existing 4-inch PVC pipe that connects the KG-131 well and the transmission line to Kagman I for a more reliable water system. Project will take place in the corner of Chacha Road, Kagman. Restoration of water service will resume soon after. This work is part of CUC’s Kagman Waterline and Booster Rehabilitation Replacement Project funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior. For the safety of the men and women at the jobsite, CUC advises the general public to exercise caution or take alternative routes when traveling through the area. For more information, contact the CUC Customer Call Center (664-4282) or monitor our Facebook page for the latest updates ( (PR)

Drivers written testing center closed half-day today and all day on Monday

Today, Oct. 23, 2020, the drivers written testing center will be closed from 7:30am through 12:30pm for staff training and will resume services at 1pm. It will be closed all day on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, for continued training and certification. Drivers written testing will resume the following day on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at 7:30am. All other services, including on-road driving tests, vehicle registration, boat registration, and driver’s license renewal are not affected. For more information regarding the driver’s written, call the BMV office at 664-9069. (PR)

OVR sets public outreach

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be conducting business and employer engagements regarding various programs offered by OVR for clients/consumers throughout the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. These may include private and public sectors, government agencies, residential visits and religious entities (churches).  If any potential clients/consumers and/or employers are interested or would like to know more about our programs, contact our office at (670) 322-6537/38/39 or (670) 287-6609 and/or email (PR)

National novel-writing month starts soon

November is National Novel-Writing Month, more popularly known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. If you want to write a novel, or any other book, there’s nothing like a deadline to help you get it done. Writers age 13 and older can join the worldwide online group at Writers under age 13 can join the Young Writers Program at There is no charge to join. But writing must wait until Nov. 1, when the fun starts. (PR)

Bankruptcy seminar in Guam and CNMI

The District Courts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, in partnership with the Guam and CNMI Bar Associations, are hosting a virtual and in-person Bankruptcy Seminar on Oct. 30,2020, from 8am to 10am (GMT+10). The seminar is open to Guam and CNMI bar members, banking institutions, lenders, debtors, creditors, real estate agents, brokerage firms, and businesses. You must register with the CNMI Bar Association to attend this second seminar. Registration fee is $25. Continuing Legal Education Credits: Two general credits. For more information and details, contact the CNMI Bar Association via email at or the District Court for the NMIs Lawyer Representative, Vince J. Seman at (670) 483-7911, or email at (PR)

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