7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast Of Fiji, Tsunami Warning Issued
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck 284 kms off the coast of Fiji.
The quake struck at 2152 GMT on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.
A Tsunami threat message has been issued for parts of the Pacific closer to the epicentre according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
The centre said that hazardous tsunami waves were possible and could strike the coastline of Fiji by 11.45am (2245 GMT on Tuesday).
BREAKING: Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts within 300 km of epicenter after 7.2 magnitude quake southwest of Fiji: USGS
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The centre said waves of between 0.3 and 1m above normal tide levels could be experienced.
It added: “Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations at risk in accordance with their own evaluation procedures and the level of threat.”
The quake was felt in the Fiji capital, Suva.
“We felt it ever so slightly in Suva,” Sune Gudnizt, head of the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told Reuters by telephone.
On parts of the coast however there appeared to be no sign of real concern.
Juliette Sivertsen, a journalist and writer, told the Guardian: “I’m in Nadi and actually didn’t feel anything. I’m coastal too – Wailoaloa Beach – but no sirens or any hint of an emergency here. A friend from NZ alerted me to the fact there’s been an EQ. People carrying on as normal around here.”
Reuters, The Guardian