Magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocks Fiji in early hours

Credit USGS

There is no tsunami threat to NZ from the quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no Pacific-wide tsunami was expected either.

The quake hit 94 km south of the city of Ambato at a depth of 112 km, the USGS said.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.1, but later downgraded.

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It struck close to Suva, Fiji around 5:50 a.m. Hawaii time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was located 102 km South-East from the capital of Fiji, and lies at a depth of 608 km, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Friday's tremor comes less than three weeks after an 8.2-magnitude natural disaster struck far below the seabed near Fiji.

Fiji sits within the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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