Consecutive earthquakes felt in Marianas

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Two earthquakes that were both in the 5.0-magnitude range shook the CNMI in recent days. That came soon after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake was felt in the Marianas just a few days ago.

Last Monday, Sept. 3, at around 11pm, the first earthquake, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, shook the Marianas.

According to a report from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, the first earthquake occurred 197 miles east-southeast of Pagan, at a depth of 5.5 miles.

The second earthquake occurred shortly after 9am yesterday. The second tremor was 5.0-magnitude earthquake that was located 39 miles south-southeast of Pagan. The earthquake had a depth of 118 miles.

According to Homeland Security information officer Nadine Deleon Guerrero, there have been no reports of injuries or damage and there were no tsunami warnings.

Tremors happen daily in the CNMI region but are usually aren’t felt.

When asked when the CNMI community should take action, Deleon Guerrero said evacuation is necessary once the earthquake is reported to be a magnitude 8.1 or higher or if the tremor lasts for more than 20 seconds.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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