Quake in CNMI - no tsunami threat

11:47 am on 29 August 2018

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale has struck near the Northern Mariana Islands in the north Pacific.

It struck mid morning Wednesday at a depth of 51 kilometres and about 230 kilometres off Saipan.

It is not expected to generate a tsunami.

Public and private schools conducted earthquake drills due to the strong quake but didn't cancel classes.

Some government offices and private businesses also had their staff evacuate as a precaution.

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Photo: Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre