At 00:32 in the morning of May 14th, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck the Mariana Islands. The epicenter was 30 km west of Agrihan, where there is a volcano.
The Mariana Islands are located south of Japan and north of New Guinea, and form the eastern limit of the Philippine Sea. They are an arc-shaped archipelago made up by the summits of fifteen volcanic mountains in the north-western Pacific Ocean.
The Mariana Islands are the southern part of a submerged mountain range that extends 1,565 miles (2,519 km) from Guam to near Japan. Geographically, the Marianas are the northernmost islands of a larger island group called Micronesia, situated between 13° and 21°N latitude and 144° and 146°E longitude.
The Mariana Islands have a total land area of 389 square miles. They are composed of two administrative units, Guam, a US territory, and the Northern Mariana Islands (including the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota) which make up a Commonwealth of the United States.
In 2011, the total population of the Islands was listed as 46,050. That is a decrease of 25,862 from 2000. That was the largest decrease in population in the world.
Their ethnicity is varied, the largest number being Filipinos at 29%, who are mostly in the northern islands, the second is Chinese at just over 22%. The remainder are Chamorros, Carolinians, other Micronesians, Caucasians, Japanese, Koreans, and Palauans.
There is no threat of tsunami at this point, and no reports of damage.
The Guardian Express