Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Fiji at 10:11 UTC on October 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 628 km (390 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 625 km (388 miles).

The epicenter was located 232 km (144 miles) E of Levuka and 288 km (1788 miles) SE of Labasa, Fiji.

There are about 5 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

4 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking.

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

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) and unknown/miscellaneous types construction.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Regional seismicity

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