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Massive magnitude 6.0 EARTHQUAKE strikes 'deep' off USA islands

February 12, 2018 1:46 AM
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Massive magnitude 6.0 EARTHQUAKE strikes 'deep' off USA islands

A MAGNITUDE 6.0 earthquake has struck 10 kilometres deep off the Northern Mariana Islands, less than a week after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused devastation in Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said on Monday.

The has been no immediate tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre as yet.

The US Tsunami Warning System said: “Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to Guam, Rota, Tinian or Saipan from this earthquake.

In December last year, a massive 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck near the Yap Trench between the Philippines and the US’ Mariana Islands with a depth of 45km.

The North Mariana Islands are in the “Ring of Fire”, which extends around the Pacific Ocean and is a hotspot for earthquake activity.


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