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5.6 magnitude quake strikes off Mariana Islands: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the Mariana Islands region Sunday, a week after a 7.2 tremor and a series of strong aftershocks, US geologists said.



Saipana: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the Mariana Islands
region Sunday, a week after a 7.2 tremor and a series of
strong aftershocks, US geologists said.

The latest quake struck at 7:33pm (0933 GMT) at a depth
of 49 kilometres (30 miles) and was centred 505 kilometres
from the Northern Marianas capital Saipan, the US Geological
Survey said.

There have been more than 10 quakes of magnitude 5.0 or
stronger since the powerful quake on August 14 but all were in
a remote area of the Pacific Ocean and well away from
populated areas.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said
there was no indication of any widespread tsunami threat.

PTI

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