VOLCANIC ANATAHAN OFF LIMITS IN MARIANAS

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Five-minute tremor recorded last week

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 29, 2008) – The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno R. Fitial has issued a 30-day extension of his state of disaster emergency declaration for Anatahan island after renewed volcanic activity there.

The extension means all travel to Anatahan is restricted except for scientific expeditions.

A report from the U.S. Geological Survey says seismic activity on the island remains low but occasional low-amplitude tremors still occur.

Two episodes of volcanic tremor that lasted for five minutes were recorded on the island last week.

Anatahan Volcano is located some 120 kilometers north of Saipan.

It began erupting in May 2003, after being dormant for hundreds of years

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