Earthquake strikes waters in eastern Fiji

This region in the Pacific frequently experiences earthquakes of magnitudes over five.
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This region in the Pacific frequently experiences earthquakes of magnitudes over five.

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on richter scale has struck the waters in eastern Fiji, in the South Pacific, however the authorities did not issue any tsunami alert or report any victims.

The hypocentre of the earthquake on Saturday was situated at a depth of 538 kilometres in the sea and 287.4 km east of Suva, the country's capital, according to the United States Geological Survey, which tracks seismic activity across the world.

This region in the Pacific frequently experiences earthquakes of magnitudes over five.

The Northern Lau Basin, between Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, has scores of active underwater volcanoes at a depth of between 1000 and 1500 metres.

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