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No tsunami warning after Fiji's major quake

(Xinhua)

08:36, September 16, 2011

SUVA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Department of Mineral Resources confirmed here Friday that a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit 453 kilometers south-southeast of the capital city Suva early this morning.

The department said there was no destructive widespread tsunami threat for the island nation.

According to the department, the earthquake took place at around 7.30 a.m. local time at a depth of 617 kilometers in the ocean.

Many people did not feel the major earthquake and the everything is normal here in the country.

Earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was at a depth of about 626 kilometers. It was initially determined to be at 21.56 degrees south latitude and 179.37 degrees west longitude.

On Thursday, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake also hit 254.95 km southeast of Fiji's Ono-i-Lau area at a medium seized depth of 40. 8 km.

Fiji's Department of Mineral Resources told media that the earthquakes experienced over the past few days are due to its location in the "Pacific Rim of Fire" zone.

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