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    Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquakes strikes near Fiji, no tsunami triggered

    By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
    August 19, 2018, 9:13:26 PM EDT

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    A powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean near the islands of Fiji and Tonga on Sunday morning local time, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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    (Image via USGS)

    The powerful tremor struck off Ndoi Island, Fiji. However there is no tsunami threat from the earthquake because it was too deep.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said some small, non-hazardous tsunami waves had been observed.

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    The earthquake struck at a depth of 559.6 km, according to the USGS. It was initially reported as a magnitude 7.9.

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