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5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes south of Fiji

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake has shaken Fiji, less than a day after a stronger quake rocked the Pacific Island nation. 

The earthquake jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 9.20am local time (7.30am AEST) on Wednesday. 

The 5.4 magnitude quake struck just 22 hours after a stronger earthquake, 6.4 magnitude, rocked the south of the island.

The earthquake jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 9.20am local time (7.30am AEST) on Wednesday

The quake hit at a depth of 547km, about 560km south of Fiji. 

There were no reports of damage or injury, and despite the size of the quakes, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of a tsunami. 

Earthquakes have been felt throughout the region, known as the ‘Ring of Fire’ – stretching from New Zealand to California move. 

The ring is used to describe an area where tectonic plates collide and shift frequently, and is known for causing almost 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes.  

The 'Ring of Fire' (pictured) is where tectonic plates frequently collide and move and is known for causing almost 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes

The ‘Ring of Fire’ (pictured) is where tectonic plates frequently collide and move and is known for causing almost 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes

The earthquakes recorded in the ‘Ring of Fire’ 

Tuesday 19th September – 7.1 magnitude in Mexico City 

Wednesday 20th September – 6.1 magnitude off New Zealand

Thursday 21st September – 6.1  magnitude off Japan

Thursday 21st September – 6.4 magnitude off Vanuatu

Thursday 21st September – 5.7 magnitude off Indonesia

Monday 25th September – 4.7 magnitude off Gisborne, New Zealand

Monday 25th September – 4.9 magnitude off Passi, Indonesia

Tuesday 26th September – 6.0 magnitude off Papua New Guinea

Tuesday 26th September – 5.1 magnitude off Ndoi Island, Fiji

Tuesday 26th September – 6.5 magnitude off Fiji’s south

Tuesday 26th September – 4.9 magnitude off Indonesia

Wednesday 27th September – 5.4 magnitude off Fiji’s south 

It comes after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake also struck nearby Papua New Guinea on Tuesday morning. 

The quake, measuring at a depth of 5.7km, was felt by locals at around 6.30am, the United States Geological Survey said.

It struck 230km off New Britain just hours after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake was registered 148km south-east of Tarron Monday night. 

It comes as a 6.0 magnitude earthquake also struck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday morning

It comes as a 6.0 magnitude earthquake also struck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday morning

A huge undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, last week,  days before thousands of families were due to flock to the popular holiday destination for school holidays.

The 5.7 magnitude quake was detected 125km northeast of Surabaya, Java, on Thursday, the US Geological Survey confirmed.

Measured at a depth of 588km, the quake immediately sparked fears of a tsunami and an eruption from Mount Agung volcano.

Despite the magnitude of the quakes, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of a tsunami at the idyllic islands 

Despite the magnitude of the quakes, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of a tsunami at the idyllic islands 

Intense earthquakes have rocked New Zealand, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan and Mexico throughout the last weeks, all places considered within the ‘Ring of Fire’. 

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University recently suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could jump between nearby fault lines and continue moving, triggering imminent earthquakes at rupture points. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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