Strong Quake South of Fiji

A strong earthquake struck south of the Fiji Islands this afternoon.

Wednesday 30th June 2010

A deep magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 360 km south-west of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 4:31 this afternoon New Zealand time. The quake was centred 565 km south of the Fiji capital Suva, 1575 km north-north-east of Auckland at a depth of 540 km according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia also reports the quake as magnitude 6.3 but slightly deeper at 580 km. It estimates that the quake would have been felt up to 620 km from the epicentre, which includes the main islands of Fiji.

GeoNet’s instruments show that light vibration may have been felt in some parts of the Bay of Plenty and along the North Island’s eastern coast when the tremor first arrived at 4:34 p.m.

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

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