8.2 natural disaster strikes off the coast of Fiji, small tsunami waves observed

A shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes mosques and businesses across Lombok

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no tsunami was expected, perhaps considering the quake's depth.

The quake happened around 347.7 miles (560km) below the earth's surface - and experts say if it had happened close to the surface it would have caused catastrophic damage.

There were no immediate reports of damage or potential casualties.

"We are monitoring the situation and some places felt it, but it was a very deep quake", Director Apete Soro said by telephone.


Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

The epicentre was located 270km east of Levuka in Fiji and 443km west of Neiafu in Tonga.

Hotel staff in Neiafu told Reuters by telephone that they did feel the natural disaster, but it did not cause any damage.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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