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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 30) – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred early yesterday morning on Farallon de Pajaros, which is 355 miles north of Saipan, according to the Emergency Management Office.

Juan Takai Camacho, EMO geophysical seismic technician, said no tsunami threat to Saipan was reported.

Camacho said every day there are minor earthquakes in the Marianas, two to three times a day.

"But most often we cannot feel these earthquakes, and we don’t report them if they are minor; we only report it if there is a threat to the Marianas," he said.

Camacho at the same time said that the Anatahan volcano is no longer producing a significant amount of ash.

The U.S. Geological Survey said seismicity over the past week has been at background levels amounting to a few percent of the late June 2005 maximum.

Satellite imagery has not shown visible ash emissions since Sept. 3, it added.

November 30, 2005

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