earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 has struck off the
coast of Fiji, according to the US Geological Survey.
quake centered some 221 km southwest of Nadi at a depth of 15.2 km,
the USGS said.
waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the
earthquake epicenter, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned.
PTWC stressed that based on available data, there is no tsunami
threat to Hawaii and only “parts
of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake” are
waves, according to the PTWC, are expected to reach Suva, the capital
of the South Pacific island nation of Fiji at 10:45pm GMT. However,
the first wave might not be the strongest one and the time between
wave crests can vary from 5 minutes to an hour, while the “hazard
may persist for many hours or longer after the initial wave,” the
caught in the water of a tsunami may drown... be crushed by debris in
the water... or be swept out to sea,” the
population of the Greater Suva urban area was 172,399 people
according to the 2007 census.
Fiji’s southern neighbor New Zealand said there is no tsunami
threat to their nation.