South Pacific Earthquakes

Earthquake activity has continued near Samoa and Fiji following yesterday’s two strong earthquakes near Fiji.

Further analysis by the US Geological Survey has revised the first of yesterday’s earthquakes near Fiji upward to magnitude 6.5 at the slightly shallower depth of 678 km. The second quake, which struck nearby 50 minutes later remains at magnitude 6.2 at a depth of 705 km.

The Fiji quakes were followed by a magnitude 5.0 event which struck at a depth of 35 km, 565 km NNE of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga at 10:50 a.m. on Monday May 7th 2007 New Zealand time.

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake then struck just after midday at a depth of 675 km at a location 250 km ESE of Suva, Fiji.

This morning’s earthquake struck further south. The magnitude 5.6 quake was located 450 km south-east of Suva at a depth of 535 km at 8:33 a.m.

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

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