SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, July 3) - The Emergency Management Office and the U.S. Geological Survey will install a seismic device on Sarigan, an island north of Anatahan, following several earthquakes felt on the Northern islands recently.

EMO director Rudolfo Pua said the joint EMO-USGS team would put up the seismic station to ensure that tremors on Anatahan could be sensitively monitored, as volcanic activity on that island continues.

A seismic station has been installed on Anatahan, but Pua underscored the possibility that it could be destroyed by the natural calamity.

As of yesterday, he said Anatahan's volcano continued to spew out ashes, after an EMO-USGS team conducted an overflight on the island. "But it's not as bad," he said.

As of 6pm (local time yesterday), the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center said the volcano continued to emit gas and ashes, but its satellite monitoring could not detect the extent of the plume.

The EMO also said seismic activities recorded on Anatahan have been deteriorating in the past few days, compared to the preceding days when quakes were as strong as intensity 4.9.

"We made no direct observations of Anatahan during this reporting period [June 27 to July 1], since tremor levels were so low," the EMO said.

July 3, 2003

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