Strong earthquake hits off Fiji; tsunami alert lifted

 04 Jan 2017 - 11:46

Strong earthquake hits off Fiji; tsunami alert lifted
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MELBOURNE, Australia: A tsunami alert issued after a strong earthquake hit off the Pacific island nation of Fiji has been lifted. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor with a magnitude of 6.9 struck 284 kilometers (177 miles) southwest of the capital Suva at a shallow depth of 17 km Wednesday morning. 

There were no reports of casualties or damage. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert but later lifted it.

Fiji lies within the Pacific’s "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity.