Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Deep 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern Mariana Islands

A deep 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake was later downgraded to a 6.8 by the USGS.

The quake hit 42 kilometers (26 miles) west of Agrihan and 395 kilometers north of the main island Saipan, but it was at a depth of 603 kilometers and seismologists said it was too deep to cause any impact.

The earthquake was preceded by a 5.1 magnitude foreshock.