Major Earthquake Near Fiji and Tonga

A major earthquake occurred in the Fiji region late this morning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has NOT issued a warning, based on historical data of previous events.

Preliminary data from USGS indicates that the magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 11:13 a.m. NZ Daylight Time. It was 580 km deep with an epicentre 400 km ESE of Suva, Fiji (1995 km NNE of Auckland).

A similar strong earthquake occurred in this region on December 13th, 2005. It was magnitude 6.7, 37 km deep and located between Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (2475 km NNE of Auckland).

The earthquake showed strong traces on New Zealand seismographs operated by Geonet.

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