8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes in the Pacific Close to Fiji
A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was very deep and did not trigger a tsunami, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said.
The quake was 347.7 miles (559.57 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.
The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.
The epicentre was 167 miles (270 kilometres) east of Levuka on Fiji’s Ovalau Island and 275 miles (443 kilometres) west of Neiafu in Tonga, a town with a population of around 6,000 people.
The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.