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Strong earthquake near the Northern Mariana Islands


There was a magnitude 6.9 earthquake centred 549.0 km north of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.


The earthquake occurred at 8:05 p.m. on Friday at a depth of 12 kilometres.


Originally, the United States Geological Survey gave the earthquake a magnitude of 7.1 but it was later downgraded slightly.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii said there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

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