MERESEINI Lasike was watching a movie in her quarters when she felt the earthquake on Sunday night.
The nurse practitioner stationed on Moala Island in Lau said she was scared after the earthquake had passed.
"I was with the postmaster and two police officers. We were watching a movie when the earthquake struck. It lasted for about three seconds and we were all scared. One of us ran outside right after to check the sea level," Mrs Lasike said.
She said she called her husband at Kinoya in Suva immediately to find out if they had felt it too.
"There wasn't any damage to my quarters but the television moved around a bit. It was the first earthquake I had felt which was really strong."
Living in a small island as Moala and with her quarters just six metres from the beach, Mrs Lasike said they were up late in the night talking about tsunamis.
"The radio doesn't catch on the island so it was really disappointing and not at all safe because we wouldn't have known if there really was a tsunami alert sent out.
"In times like this, the outer islands are left stranded because of no radio reception. During cyclones or other natural disasters, we have no way of getting prepared for it, only relying on phone calls from our loved ones in Viti Levu."
The National Seismology Observatory confirmed the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale.
They confirmed it was widely felt within the Suva area, Central and Eastern divisions, Makadru Village, Matuku Island, Maloku Village and Moala Island in Lau, and Kiuva in Tailevu and nearby places.