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7.3-magnitude quake strikes in Pacific, near Fiji islands

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The U.S. Geological Survey says its depth was 626 kilometers, or 390 miles
  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a "destructive tsunami was not generated"
  • The quake's epicenter was estimated as 74 miles south-southwest of Fiji's Ndoi Island

(CNN) -- A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck early Friday in the Fiji islands region of the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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

The quake struck at a depth of 626 kilometers, or about 390 miles below the earth's surface, the Geological Survey said on its website. Its epicenter was 74 miles south-southwest of Fiji's Ndoi Island, 281 miles south-southeast of the Fijian capital, Suva, and 264 miles west of Nuku'alofa in Tonga, according to the U.S. agency's estimations.

It happened just after 7:30 a.m. Friday, or 3:30 p.m. ET. Initially, it was reported as 7.2 magnitude.

Besides the U.S.-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the Japan Meteorological Agency also did not release any tsunami warnings or advisories as a result of the quake.

 
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