Island Watch: Earthquakes Near Fiji

Earthquake activity near Fiji has increased this past week with 9 very deep earthquakes occurring since November 5th, 2006. The latest activity was a pair of magnitude 5 quakes which struck early this afternoon, New Zealand time.

The 9 earthquakes have struck at depths between 400 and 590 km, with magnitudes ranging between 4.0 and 5.0. A pair of quakes with magnitudes 4.0 and 4.4 struck early on the morning of November 5th New Zealand time. They were followed by a magnitude 4.7 quake on the afternoon of November 6th.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck on the evening of November 7th, and was followed by two events with magnitudes of 4.7 and 4.2 on the 8th. A magnitude 4.6 quake yesterday preceded this afternoon’s pair of magnitude 5.0 earthquakes.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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