7.2 Fiji Earthquake Today Does Not Prompt Tsunami Alert for California, West Coast
A massive Fiji neighboring earthquake today has not prompted a tsunami alert. A Fiji earthquake struck today September 15, 2011 registering 7.4 magnitude. Subsequent news reports have downgraded the quake to 7.2 magnitude. It was northeast of Australia and New Zealand claims news.
Officials confirm to news that no tsunami threat has resulted from today’s earthquake. The NOAA West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center tells news moments ago that a “strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast.” NOAA adds that “NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.”
NOAA states that, based upon “on the depth of the earthquake within the earth, a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts.”
The quake struck thirty minutes ago NOAA tells news. “At 12:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time on September 15, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.4″. But it registered a significant depth, occurring “in the Fiji Islands region at 612km depth.”
Pacific coastal regions of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska are not under tsunami alert. The quake struck more than three hundred fifty-miles below the earth’s surface, USGS reports to news. It was seventy-four miles from Ndoi Island in Fiji. It was centered roughly two hundred fifty miles west of Tonga and one thousand miles from New Zealand.
As reported earlier on LALATE Thursday, Fiji suffered another quake today. Hours earlier, a 5.5 quake struck near Sigave, Ile Futuna, but also registered a substantial depth.