NEWS

7.0 Earthquake Near Fiji

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake was experienced 227km  south west of Nadi, Fiji at a depth of 10km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a warning of waves reaching 0.3
04 Jan 2017 11:48
7.0 Earthquake Near Fiji
The impact of the 7.0 earthquake. Photo: USGS

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake was experienced 227km  south west of Nadi, Fiji at a depth of 10km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a warning of waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meters above the tide level –  possible for some coasts of Fiji.

At the Fiji Sun office at Walu Bay, staff members felt desks and computers shaking for a good 10 seconds.

Most offices and shops in Suva evacuated their employees to higher grounds.

The Tsunami warning was called off at 12.13pm  by the Permanent Secretary of the National Disaster Management Office.

No reports of damage of was received from Kadavu, located to the south of Fiji.

Here is a report from the  Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii released minutes after the earthquake struck:

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
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  * MAGNITUDE      7.0
  * ORIGIN TIME    2153 UTC JAN 3 2017
  * COORDINATES    19.5 SOUTH  176.2 EAST
  * DEPTH          10 KM / 6 MILES
  * LOCATION       SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS


EVALUATION
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  * AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.0 OCCURRED
    SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS AT 2153 UTC ON TUESDAY JANUARY 3
    2017.

  * BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA... HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES ARE
    FORECAST FOR SOME COASTS.


TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
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  * TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL
    ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF

      FIJI.


  * FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT... NO TSUNAMI
    THREAT IS EXPECTED.


  * ACTUAL AMPLITUDES AT THE COAST MAY VARY FROM FORECAST
    AMPLITUDES DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES IN THE FORECAST AND LOCAL
    FEATURES. IN PARTICULAR MAXIMUM TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ON ATOLLS
    AND AT LOCATIONS WITH FRINGING OR BARRIER REEFS WILL LIKELY
    BE MUCH SMALLER THAN THE FORECAST INDICATES.

  * FOR OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT A FORECAST HAS NOT
    YET BEEN COMPUTED. THE FORECAST WILL BE EXPANDED IF
    NECESSARY IN SUBSEQUENT PRODUCTS.

 

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