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90 quakes in 71 days

Torika Tokalau
Friday, April 04, 2014

FIJI recorded 90 earthquake events in 71-day period, according to Fiji Mineral Resources Department director Malakai Finau.

Mr Finau said the 90 earthquake events were recorded from January 1 this year to March 12. He revealed the events were in the ranges of 1.2 to 5.4 magnitude.

"It's a huge number for the short period of time but once it is extended over 365 days (one year), the frequency levels out and the average drops," Mr Finau said.

"However, should this frequency of events hold or continue to the end of the year then we can say that the frequency of events is increasing."

Last year, Fiji recorded 901 earthquake events, with the average number of two to three events per day; the range of events were between 9.0 to 7.4 magnitudes

Mr Finau said it was difficult to say if the number of earthquake events recorded so far this year would exceed the number of events recorded in 2013.

He said the last time a big earthquake event occurred was in 1997 in the Nabukelevu area in Kadavu with a magnitude 6.7.

"It was a felt event, there was no tsunami generated but there were landslides after the event," he said.

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