Earthquake of magnitude 8.0 strikes near Fiji, Tonga

Source US Geographical Survey

Source US Geographical Survey

A massive 8.2 magnitude quake struck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 200 miles off Fiji and nearly the same distance from Tonga, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey.

A spokesperson for GNS science said the quake was 580km below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface. No casualties are expected based on initial readings.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

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So far, there is no information on damages, or injuries.

Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

The epicentre was located 270km east of Levuka in Fiji and 443km west of Neiafu in Tonga.

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