Earthquake Magnitude 5.8 Violently Shakes Fiji Islands Region

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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake violently struck the Fiji Islands within the last hour. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that 5.8 shake was 239km NNE of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji and hit at approximately 10:10:55 UTC.

According to the U.S.-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a destructive tsunami was not generated, based on earthquake and historical tsunami data.

This is the first quake to hit the Fiji Islands since a 5.5 tremor was recorded on April 19, 2013.

Though it was a strong earthquake reports suggest it was a safe distance from Suva, Fiji.

A statement from the Mineral Resources Department’s Seisomology Section explained that it was a medium-sized magnitude earthquake.

The department said there was no felt report from the nearby places since the event source was very deep.

In the past year, the Fiji Islands region has been hit with 112 earthquakes.