No tsunami threat after 8.2 magnitude earthquake near Fiji

Updated: Aug. 18, 2018 at 3:46 PM HST
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(Image: USGS)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific basin.

Officials at the National Tsunami Warning Center said the quake struck the Fiji Islands region Saturday afternoon, but no Pacific-wide tsunami threat was generated.

It initially registered as a 7.9-magnitude earthquake, but since the original alert, the USGS has upgraded the magnitude of the earthquake to an 8.2.

The quake happened around 2:20 p.m. Saturday near the Fijian island of Ndoi.

The NTWC said small, non-destructive waves were observed near the area. But the PTWC says the quake was at a depth too deep to generate and strong tsunami waves.

This story will be updated.

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