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Guam Earthquake Shakes Island, But No Significant Damage Reported

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 02:18 PM

A preliminary magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook Guam residents as it struck 25 miles northwest of the island in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, but there were no reports of any significant damage.

The earthquake was eventually measured at magnitude 6.7 by the U.S. Geological Survey at a depth of 85 miles at 4:14 p.m. local time in Guam.

BNO News reported the Guam earthquake caused downed transformers, which led to power outages in southeastern villages but no serious damage.

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"Emergency responders and dispatchers report no injuries related to the earthquake," said a statement from Guam's Joint Information Center. "There are no reports of major damage at this time from the Emergency Operations Center. By all accounts, Guam was not affected in a major way by this strong earthquake."

Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said schools remained open, correcting a rumor that the earthquake damage had forced their closure.

"At the very least, this hoax is irresponsible and reprehensible, if not illegal," Calvo told BNO News. "We are alerting authorities to this forgery and this use of an official government entity to color this fake notice with any authority or credibility."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake was too deep to trigger a tsunami, Reuters reported. Guam officials also said to they believe the depth prevented any serious damage to the island.

"There were no reports of structural damage," the Guam's governor's office said in a statement to Reuters. "We are still assessing."

While Guam is part of the Marinas Islands, a frequent area of the Pacific Ocean for major earthquakes and volcanic activity, such activity on the island is rare.

In August 1993, 71 people were injured when an 8.1-magnitude earthquake shook Guam at the same time a tropical storm threatened the island.

Some 7,000 tourists from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan had to be evacuated from hotels that suffered heavy damage on the island.

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A preliminary magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook Guam residents as it struck 25 miles northwest of the island in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, but there were no reports of any significant damage.
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