6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Mariana Islands in South Pacific

HAGATNA, Guam, Jan. 14 (UPI) — A 6-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday south of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake was about 233 miles southwest of Hagatna, Guam, about 303 miles east-northeast of Yap, Micronesia, and 976 miles north of Jayapura, Indonesia, the USGS said. It originated about 20 miles deep.

The Mariana Islands are an arc-shaped island chain made up by the summits of 15 volcanic mountains south of Japan. The Marianas Islands are composed of two U.S. jurisdictions — the territory of Guam and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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