Monday, December 10, 2007

No injuries after 7.6 Earthquake shakes Fiji

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck sputh of the small Pacific island of Fiji. Acording to the USGS the earthquake hit at 07:28 GMT [19:28 local time] at 26.156S, 177.453W. The area is prone to earthquakes. On January 4, 2006 a powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Fiji, and the previous year a 6.3 hit the same area on the 12th December. As with previous tremors the depth of the earthquake makes the possibility of a tsunami extremely unlikely. However the quake was felt many miles away according to early reports, though there are no indications of casualties or damage at this time [Radio Australia]. The UPI reported the tremors being felt as far away as New Zealand.

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