Thursday, March 31, 2011

Planetary Tremors: Very Strong Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake in Fiji!

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Fiji region on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued. The undersea quake hit 321 kilometres (200 miles) west of Suva at a depth of 555 kilometres at 2:07 am (1407 GMT), USGS said. The epicenter, was initially determined to be at 16.6 degrees south latitude and 177.5 degrees west longitude. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre which monitors the region and issues bulletins in the event of a tsunami being generated had no such warning in force. The area lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a highly active tectonic zone that frequently experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Fiji has been experiencing a succession of earthquakes this week, with over ten recorded so far.