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Earthquakes on the Northern Mariana Islands

On the Northern Mariana Islands there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around the Northern Mariana Islands by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

Recent earthquakes on the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Sept. 29, 7:41 am
    Magnitude 5.1: 245 km northeast of Saipan at a depth of 29.87 km.
  • Sept. 29, 3:35 am
    Magnitude 5.1: 239 km northeast of Saipan at a depth of 32.66 km.
  • Sept. 24, 8:15 pm
    Magnitude 4.4: Pagan at a depth of 215.23 km.
  • Sept. 21, 1:42 am
    Magnitude 4.9: 30 km north-northeast of Yigo Village, Guam at a depth of 132.10 km.
  • Sept. 18, 4:31 am
    Magnitude 4.9: Pagan at a depth of 80.94 km.


Earthquakes on the Northern Mariana Islands since 1950

The strongest earthquake on the Northern Mariana Islands happened on 07/29/2016 in the region Northern Mariana Islands with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
07/29/2016Northern Mariana Islands14 km7.70
05/29/2010Anatahan Region, N. Mariana Islands50 km4.40
08/14/2002Saipan52 km6.50
04/23/1997Guam28 km6.50
04/05/1990Saipan; Guam35 km7.50


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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