Earthquake Today Near Guam: 7.1 Quake Hits Near Piti Village, Hagatna; No Tsunami (With Map)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An earthquake struck today just off the island of Guam.

The earthquake, which hit at about 4:30 p.m. ChST, was measured at 7.1 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It hit about 21 miles northwest of Piti village, 22 miles northwest of Hagatna, 24 miles northwest of Tamuning-Turnon-Harmon Village, 25 miles west-northwest of Dededo Village, and 26 miles northwest of Mangilao Village.

It hit at a depth of 106.9 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which is run by the National Weather Center, issued an alert right after the quake hit. “A destructive tsunami was not generated because this earthquake is located too deep inside the earth,” it said.

On the other hand, the U.S. Geological Survey said that people should expect aftershocks. “These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake,” it said.

A closer look at the location of the quake. (USGS/Google Maps)
A closer look at the location of the quake. (USGS/Google Maps)

 

The shake map for the quake. (USGS)
The shake map for the quake. (USGS)

The Pacific Daily News, a media outlet that covers Guam, said that no damage, injuries, or power outages have been reported after the quake.

Guam sits near the Philippine Sea tectonic plate, which is bordered by he larger Pacific and Eurasia plates and the smaller Sunda plate.

“The Philippine Sea plate is unusual in that its borders are nearly all zones of plate convergence. The Pacific plate is subducted into the mantle, south of Japan, beneath the Izu-Bonin and Mariana island arcs, which extend more than 3,000 km along the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea plate. This subduction zone is characterized by rapid plate convergence and high-level seismicity extending to depths of over 600 km,” according to the agency.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.