Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Fiji region at 20:56 UTC on July 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 602.1 km (374.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 621 km (385.8 miles).

The epicenter was located 350.7 km (217.9 miles) W of Haveluloto, Tongatapu, Tonga.

There are about 800 people living within 100 km (62 miles) -- estimated exposure II - III (weak) on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale.

This earthquake poses no tsunami risk.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The region was hit by 5 notable earthquakes on July 21 -- M4.4 at 11:03 UTC at a depth of 582 km (361 miles), another M4.4 at 14:36 UTC at a depth of 480 km (298 miles), M5.0 at 14:49 UTC at a depth of 168 km (104 miles), abovementioned M6.0, and M4.8 at 23:52 UTC at 10 km (6.2 miles).

The map below shows all regional earthquakes registered by the USGS in 7 days to 23:52 UTC on July 21:

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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