A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck 176 miles south of Fiji early Wednesday, 6.2 miles below the Earth’s surface in the South Pacific, triggering a tsunami warning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A 5.7-magnitude aftershock also was reported.
The initial quake struck at 10:52 a.m., local time.
The Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the quake’s epicenter but canceled the warning within an hour.
“Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations at risk in accordance with their own evaluation procedures and the level of threat,” the center said in its warning. Despite the cancellation, the center said minor sea level fluctuations still were possible.
The quake produced little concern on parts of Fiji.
“I’m in Nadi and actually didn’t feel anything. I’m coastal too – Wailoaloa Beach – but no sirens or any hint of an emergency here,” journalist Juliette Sivertsen told the Guardian. “A friend from [New Zealand] alerted me to the fact there’s been an [earthquake]. People carrying on as normal around here.”
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