7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Fiji

September 16th, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Fiji, Sept 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A 7.3 magnitude quake has struck Fiji. The US Geological Survey reported on Friday that the quake struck earlier in the day hitting at a depth of 626 kilometers. No tsunami warning was issued by the USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center which is based in the United States announced that, “a destructive tsunami was not generated, based on earthquake and historical tsunami data.”

No casualties or damages have been reported. The epicenter of the quake was about 74 miles from the Island of Doi. The Japanese Meteorological Agency closely monitored the quake. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning after the quake struck.

This is not the first quake to hit the Pacific in recent days. There have been at least 6 quakes in the region since last week. The 7.3 quake in Fiji is the biggest of the quakes. The USGS has announced that the quakes are not related to each other.

Before the Fiji quake on Friday, there had been 6.2 magnitude quake on the Japanese island of Honshu. There was a 6.0 quake in New Zealand as well as 6.1 quake on the Alaskan island of Aleutian. There was another quake near Vancouver Island last week. The quake was 6.4 on the Richter scale.

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