7.3-magnitude quake strikes in Pacific, near Fiji islands
September 15, 2011
Accordign to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck early Friday in the Fiji islands region of the Pacific Ocean.
According to the U.S.-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, "a destructive tsunami was not generated, based on earthquake and historical tsunami data."
The quake struck at a depth of 626 kilometers, or about 390 miles below the earth's surface, the Geological Survey said on its website. Its epicenter was 74 miles south-southwest of Fiji's Ndoi Island, 281 miles south-southeast of the Fijian capital, Suva, and 264 miles west of Nuku'alofa in Tonga, according to the U.S. agency's estimations.