TROPICAL DISTURBANCE APPROACHES MARIANAS

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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Sept. 2) - A
tropical weather disturbance is approaching Guam and the CNMI from the east,
bringing with it increased rainshowers, according to the National Weather
Service.

NWS said showers will increase today as the tropical disturbance
moves through the Marianas.

As of Monday morning, the tropical disturbance was centered east
of Guam near 12 degrees north and 152 degrees east and was moving west.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center said the potential for the
development of a significant tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours was upgraded
from "poor" to "fair."

In related news, the Emergency Management Office and the U.S.
Geological Survey said Anatahan’s volcanic seismicity has been low as of
Sunday, at a level similar to that since June.

"There were no apparent eruption signals or precursory
events. Tremor and seismic energy releases are low," said the report.

The extended state of emergency declaration for Anatahan expires
on Sept. 8, but EMO and USGS have yet to issue a recommendation to Gov. Juan N.
Babauta whether to further extend the declaration.

Anatahan erupted on May 10, but no one was directly threatened
by the initial volcanic activity as residents had already evacuated the small
volcanic island, measuring 9 kms. long and 3 kms. wide and located about 120 kms.
north of Saipan.

September 2, 2003

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