Strong quake hits off Northern Mariana Islands in Pacific

HONOLULU (AP) " Authorities say a strong earthquake has hit off the coast of the Northern Mariana Islands near Saipan in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at just after 7 a.m. Saturday (11 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday) at a depth of 117 miles (188 kilometers). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there's no threat of a destructive Pacific tsunami and no danger to Hawaii, Alaska or the West Coast of the U.S.

There are no initial reports of damage or injuries on the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States. Saipan is the capital and the largest island in the archipelago.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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