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
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).
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.
UPDATE: Fiji #earthquake magnitude revised to 8.2 and small, non-dangerous #tsunami waves have been observed. While no hazard is expected for any coastline, but please be observant and exercise normal caution.https://t.co/Af5aJJKIIB— NWS PTWC (@NWS_PTWC) August 19, 2018
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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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