Massive 8.2 magnitude quake jolts Fiji

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A massive earthquake of 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck Fiji on Sunday. The quake struck at 12:19 am (GMT) earlier measured 7.9, but the United States Geological Survey upgraded the magnitude to 8.2. The epicentre of the quake was located in the Island in Fiji at a depth of 560 kilometres. 281 km northeast of the Ndoi.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on the data available, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, and there was no threat to Hawaii.

According to the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the undersea quake was too deep to trigger a hazardous tsunami tsunami. Even though small waves have been observed but no damage or casualties have been reported.

Fiji is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as it is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

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