Strong Earthquake, Fiji Region

A very deep strong earthquake struck the Fiji and Wallis and Futuna Islands region late this morning.

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake was located 325 km south-south-east of Sigave, Ile Futuna, Wallis and Futuna (350 km east-south-east of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji) at a depth of 396 km. The quake, which struck at 10:40 a.m. New Zealand time on Sunday 20th July 2008 was preceded 6 minutes earlier by a much deeper magnitude 4.7 quake located 65 km north-north-east of Ndoi Island, Fiji at a depth of 572 km.

Geoscience Australia reports the main event at magnitude 6.3 at a depth of 450 km, estimating that the tremor would have been felt up to 600 km from the epicentre.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and Geoscience Australia.]

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