Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Near Fiji Islands - USGS

CC BY 2.0 / irene. / A satellite monitoring station in Fiji would provide india with an independent satellite tracking capacity. At present, India relies on the US and Australia to assist it with monitoring its satellites over the Pacific. Photo: Kuata Island, Fiji
A satellite monitoring station in Fiji would provide india with an independent satellite tracking capacity. At present, India relies on the US and Australia to assist it with monitoring its satellites over the Pacific. Photo: Kuata Island, Fiji - Sputnik International
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A 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred on Sunday in the South Pacific near Fiji Islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The quake struck Fiji at 6:10 local time (19:10 GMT). The epicenter was located 29 kilometers (18 miles) south-east of the Ndoi Island of the Fiji archipelago, according to the agency.

Information about neither the civilian damage or casualties nor tsunami threat was immediately available.

According to the Richter scale, earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0-5.9 are considered to be moderate and can lead to casualties and cause damage to buildings and infrastructure.

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