3 Quakes Strike in South Pacific
Posted: 2007-09-30 11:09:17
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Three strong earthquakes struck
Sunday near New Zealand and the U.S. territory of Guam in remote
parts of the South Pacific, monitoring agencies said.
None of the quakes caused a tsunami, according to the Pacific
Tsunami Warning Center or PTWC in Honolulu, Hawaii. There were also
no reports of damages, as the quakes were centered far from land.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake was registered near New Zealand's
uninhabited Auckland Islands, about 300 miles southwest of its
southernmost city of Invercargill, the United States Geological
Survey said on its Web site.
Another quake struck four hours later in the same region with a
magnitude 6.6, the USGS said.
Earlier, a magnitude 7.1 quake shook the Pacific Ocean about 215
miles southeast of the island of Guam, the Japan Meteorological
Agency said. The USGS put the magnitude at 6.8.
Stuart Weinstein, the assistant director of the Pacific Tsunami
Warning Center, said the quake was in an isolated part of the
Pacific Ocean where they seldom occur, and that it was probably
felt on Guam as well as Saipan, part of the U.S. commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands.
"It was probably too far away from populated areas to cause
much damage," Weinstein said.
09/30/07 11:08 EDT
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