Science

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)....

Columnists

Meet our news columnists

The Seattle Times’ local news columnists take a unique look at issues affecting our region as well as the people behind them. Their columns offer a mix of humor, humanity and passion for the place we call home.