Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes underneath South Pacific Ocean near Fiji island

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A strong earthquake magnitude 6.7 strucks deep underneath the South Pacific Ocean at 7.42 p.m. local time (0742 GMT) and it was centered about 365 kilometers (226 miles) south-southwest of Ndoi Island, a small island which is part of Fiji. No tsunami alert was issued.

Epicenter was about 521.7 kilometers (324 miles) deep, making it a deep earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  It was followed by a few aftershocks above 5-magnitude aearthquakes.

Considering the depth of the earthquake and because earthquakes below magnitude 7 due usually not generate tsunamis, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no tsunami alert.

 

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