Strong earthquake hits off Fiji: USGS

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SYDNEY, Aug 19, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck
off Fiji Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to
generate a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The tremor hit at 12:19 pm (0019 GMT) local time 361 kilometres (224
miles) east of the Pacific nation’s capital Suva, at a depth of 559
kilometres, the US seismologists said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no tsunami
threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth”.

The quake occurred in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of
frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

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