Powerful earthquake strikes near Tonga and Fiji

    A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga on Sunday morning local time, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

    The quake roughly 200 miles off both Fiji and Tonga was hundreds of miles deep.

    The depth means the quake could not be able to trigger a tsunami.

    Another earthquake struck Indonesia’s Lombok.

    The Lombok quake was 6.3-magnitude and struck at a depth of 7.9 km( 3.7 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey.

    The Lombok quake was centered 6 km northeast of Sembalunlawaang, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It would have been felt to a moderate level throughout the island and lightly in the neighboring tourist island of Bali, the USGS said.

    The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) put the quake at a 6.5-magnitude.

    Lombok has suffered a series of earthquakes since late July, with more than 430 people killed in a magnitude-6.9 quake that struck August 5.

    The Pacific Ocean earthquake struck just after midday Sunday local time and was almost 560 kilometers (348 miles) deep, the USGS said.

    It was followed by a 6.3-magnitude quake at a similar depth nearby.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on the data available, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, and there was no threat to Hawaii.

    There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

    • CNN

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