5.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Palau

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

No damage, tsunami threat reported

By Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Jan. 26, 2016) – A 5.1 magnitude quake hit Palau late in the morning yesterday.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake occurred around 11:05 AM.

The USGS says the earthquake struck 6 kilometers (4 miles) south south-east (SSE) of Kayangel State, which is located in the north part of Palau.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 15.52 km (10 miles) below the earth’s surface and was 81 kms (51 miles) from the main island of Koror.

The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) confirmed that there was indeed an earthquake yesterday.

"An earthquake occurred but it was not strong and no damage was reported," a staff at NEMO said over the phone.

The NEMO staff further stated that no Tsunami Alert was issued in the aftermath of the quake.

A person staying at Kayangel also confirmed of the occurrence, though according to him, they did not observe or heard about any damage in the island state.

The report of an earthquake surprised many people who said they did not feel it.

Earthquakes are rare occurrence in this island nation. A 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Angaur State in late 2014.

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year.

According to experts, earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 magnitude may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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