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Officials eyeing seismic activity in Marianas

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The National Weather Service received the call from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center just before 4 this afternoon about the earthquake that hit Japan registering 8.9 on the Richter Scale. NWS Science and Operations Chief Roger Edson says a Tsunami Warning is in affect for Guam and the Northern Marianas, and a Tsunami Watch in affect for the rest of the Micronesia.

He says it's still premature to determine what the signs will be that the tsunami will actually hit. "One sign would be a retreat of the ocean that's on the front side of a tsunami or it could just be a rise...we are uncertain about how it will be directly affected on Guam we just have to take the precautions that an 8.8 earthquake is the largest we've looked at that's the same size as the one in Chile last year; that's a little scary," he said.

"I would think areas like Ritidian Beach and Tarague, I would basically head back up the hill."

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