Large earthquake near Guam

Other News Materials 30 September 2007 11:42 (UTC +04:00)

(News.Com.Au) A STRONG earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.1 hit near the US Pacific territory of Guam today, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, but island media said there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Guam's Pacific Daily News said the quake could be felt in high-rise buildings on the island, which is home to a major US military base.

The quake, at a depth of 30km, occurred at 11.09am Japan time (12.09pm AEST) near the island, the Japanese government agency said on its website www.jma.go.jp/en/quake.

The US Geological Survey also recorded a quake in the same area, which it said was of magnitude 6.8 and centred about 345 km ( 215 miles) south-southeast of Guam.

Agencies said they were on the alert for a possible tsunami, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said one was not expected