Strong earthquake rocks Fiji Islands

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Strong M6.9 earthquake struck south of Fiji Islands today.

Preliminary Earthquake Report:

Magnitude 6.9

Date-Time • 24 Feb 2017 17:28:44 UTC
• 25 Feb 2017 05:28:44 near epicenter

Location 23.203S 178.845W


Depth 396 km

Distances • 436 km (271 miles) WSW (238 degrees) of NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga
• 3111 km (1933 miles) WSW (253 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 9.5 km; Vertical 5.1 km

Parameters Nph = 135; Dmin = 675.3 km; Rmss = 1.13 seconds; Gp = 19°