Back to back Earthquakes rattle Fiji, no tsunami threat or damage to life

January 4, 2017 11:52 AM |

Back to back Earthquakes rattles Fiji, no tsunami threat or damage to life

Today morning, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck southern Fiji, around 234 kilometers away from the island. The depth of this earthquake was shallow, measured just at 10 kms below the Earth’s surface. The warning of tsunami was announced initially but the news was withdrawn after an hour or so after the second earthquake.

Also Read: 10 Earthquake Prone Countries in the World

The U.S. Geological Survey reported another 5.7-magnitude aftershock which rattled the islands. The initial earthquake hit Fiji at 10:52 am local time which was of 6.9 magnitude.

Back to back Earthquakes rattles Fiji, no tsunami threat or damage to life

Fiji director of Oxfam, Jovesa Saladoka, told Reuters, "The earthquake caused a fair bit of panic; there are cars lined up trying to get to higher ground,"

Also Read: 5 Most Earthquake Prone Cities in India

There were reports of at least two aftershocks with magnitudes of more than 5 rattled Fiji soon after the quake.

Back to back Earthquakes rattles Fiji, no tsunami threat or damage to life

Spiro Spiliopoulos a senior seismologist at the Geoscience Australia said that the earthquake occurred near the tectonic plates around the Australian and Pacific plates. He said the stronger earthquake was felt on Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tonga and parts of American Samoa.

Radio New Zealand reported that people evacuated from Nadi, in Fiji with a population of about 42,000, after the earthquake.

Also Read: What makes Delhi the third most earthquake prone city in India?

No threat to life or property has been reported till now.

Image Credit: Kelvin Anthony 

Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to



For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
#WeatherForecast Sept 21: Low-Pressure to give rains over #Surat, #Veraval, #Porbandar, #Ahmedabad:
Friday, September 20 23:27Reply
#MumbaiRains: #Rain to continue over #Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, #Colaba, #Worli, Dadar, Chembur, Juhu, Goregaon, Pow…
Friday, September 20 21:38Reply
Scattered light #rains are likely to continue over the central and eastern districts of #UttarPradesh for the next…
Friday, September 20 21:13Reply
मराठवाड्यासह कोकण आणि गोवा येथेही आता पाऊस कमी होईल. परंतु, कोंकण व गोव्यात काही मध्यम सरींची शक्यता आहे. मुंबईत का…
Friday, September 20 21:00Reply
#Monsoon Forecast Sep 21: Moderate #rains over #Guna, #Ujjain, #Surat, #Veraval, and #Bhopal
Friday, September 20 20:34Reply
@amit9825262379 @madversity @skymet Very true sir. Actually, the forecast was based on some calculation which inclu…
Friday, September 20 19:32Reply
Friday, September 20 18:46Reply
As per weathermen, we expect light to moderate showers with isolated heavy spell to commence over many parts of the…
Friday, September 20 18:30Reply
21 सितंबर मॉनसून पूर्वानुमान: दक्षिणी गुजरात, मध्य प्रदेश, विदर्भ में अच्छी बारिश की उम्मीद:…
Friday, September 20 18:17Reply
The remnants of Cyclonic Circulation would continue to give scattered #rains in #Nagpur, Chandrapur, Parbhani, Nand…
Friday, September 20 18:00Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try