Huge 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off The Coast Of Fiji

A huge 8.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Fiji in the 'Ring of Fire' region.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), it hit 123 kilometres east south east of Suva, Fiji, at a depth of 669km.

The MailOnline reports that no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected, and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii - according to The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

Credit: USGS
Credit: USGS

New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said there was also no tsunami threat to New Zealand.

Initially, the earthquake was given a magnitude of 8.1 which was revised and changed to 7.8 by the USGS.

According to the Mirror, it struck at 3.49am (local time).

Aftermath of earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Credit: PA
Aftermath of earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. Credit: PA

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth."

Fiji sits on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', a 25,000 mile-long area in which some 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur.

The belt runs from New Zealand, through South East Asia and Japan and along the entire western coastline of the Americas.

The Express reported that today's earthquake in Fiji follows an 8.2 magnitude tremor which struck off the Pacific island nation on August 19.

Featured Image Credit: USGS

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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