Earthquake measuring up to 6.5 Mw strikes Fiji Region
A strong earthquake measuring up to M 6.5 struck offshore Fiji Region at 17.789°S, 178.435°W at a depth of about 520 km November 22, 2009 at 07:48 UTC.
The event occurred about 195 km SE of Taveuni volcano which last erupted about 1550 ± 100 yrs.
Taveuni, the 3-rd largest island in Fiji, is a large shield volcano that rises from the Pacific Ocean floor. A popular tourist destination, the Island has a population of less than 10,000.
The earthquake was located too deep to generate a tsunami.
10-degree Map Centered at 20°S,180°E
Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.
- Magnitude: 6.3 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated at 6.5 Mw by FEWW]
- Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 07:48:20 UTC
- Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 07:48:20 PM at epicenter
- Location: 17.789°S, 178.435°W
- Depth: 523.1 km (325.1 miles) set by location program
- Region: FIJI REGION
- 275 km (170 miles) ESE of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
- 320 km (195 miles) N of Ndoi Island, Fiji
- 335 km (210 miles) E of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji
- 2220 km (1380 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand
- Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
- Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
- Event ID: us2009phaj