View Full Version : 7.3-magnitude quake strikes in Pacific, near Fiji islands

09-15-2011, 11:07 PM
(CNN) -- A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck early Friday in the Fiji islands region of the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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.

It happened just after 7:30 a.m. Friday, or 3:30 p.m. ET. Initially, it was reported as 7.2 magnitude.

LINK (http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/09/15/fiji.earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t2)

09-16-2011, 12:15 AM
darn, and I had Geology this morning too :-/ it could have happened earlier LOL