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No Tsunami Threat to Hawai‘i From 7.2 Magnitude Fiji Quake

January 3, 2017, 12:32 PM HST
* Updated January 3, 1:03 PM
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The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach reported that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred south of the Fiji Islands at 11:59 a.m. HST on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to Hawai‘i.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami threat message for other parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake.

An earthquake has occurred with these preliminary parameters

ORIGIN TIME – 1153 AM HST 03 JAN 2017
COORDINATES – 19.5 SOUTH 176.2 EAST
LOCATION – SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE – 7.2 MOMENT

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.2
Date-Time
  • 3 Jan 2017 21:52:31 UTC
  • 4 Jan 2017 09:52:31 near epicenter
  • 3 Jan 2017 10:52:31 standard time in your timezone
Location 19.328S 176.055E
Depth 15 km
Distances
  • 221 km (137 mi) SW of Nadi, Fiji
  • 283 km (175 mi) WSW of Suva, Fiji
  • 477 km (295 mi) SW of Lambasa, Fiji
  • 835 km (517 mi) ESE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
  • 935 km (579 mi) W of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.6 km; Vertical 4.0 km
Parameters Nph = 104; Dmin = 274.0 km; Rmss = 1.26 seconds; Gp = 46°
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Event ID us 10007pj6

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