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Quake count hits 153

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A TOTAL of 153 earthquakes have occurred in Fiji so far this year including a 6.9 magnitude quake on the Richter scale early on Monday morning.

This week's incident was centered about 99.8 kilometres North Northeast of Doi Island in the Lau Group and 373km East Southeast of Suva.

Despite the huge number, the Mineral Resources Department says we have nothing to worry about because of the depth of the quakes.

Shallow rumbles such as the 6.7 magnitude one in 1953 that struck off the coast of Naitonitoni in Navua killing eight people are what we have to look out for, officials from the department said.

So far this year, Fiji has had 153 quakes ranging from magnitude 4.0 to 6.9 on the Richer scale.

An official from the department sanctioned to speak to The Fiji Times MRD director, Malakai Finau said all the recent earthquakes had occurred at significant depths.

"The focus was very deep and the quakes are centred close to the Tongan trench," Mr Finau said.

"If it was shallow, it would have posed a significant threat like the one in 1953 which was 15km deep."

The MRD said quakes in the area were quite common and would only pose a serious threat if they occurred within a depth of 30km or less.

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