Island Watch: Strong Quakes Near Fiji

While earthquake activity near Tonga has eased during the past week, two strong earthquakes have occurred near Fiji.

Data released by the US Geological Survey shows that there have been 6 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.7 and 5.0 at depths ranging between 15 and 51 km near Tonga in the past week.

There have also been been 4 quakes with magnitudes between 4.8 and 6.1 at greater depths between 350 and 590 km near Fiji during the last seven days. Two of these quakes were of the 6th magnitude.

The first occurred at 7:31 p.m. on Friday June 2nd, New Zealand time. It was magnitude 6.0, 592 km deep and located 415 km southeast of Suva.

The most recent struck at 5:58 p.m. this evening 305 km east-northeast of Suva. The USGS report the quake to be magnitude 6.1 at a depth of 530 km.

The activity indicates that movement on the boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates in the area is still continuing at an increased rate.

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