A tsunami warning issued for Fiji has now been cancelled.
According to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 occurred south of the Fiji islands at 21. 53 UTC on Tuesday January 3, 2017.
It said: “based on all available data… the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed”.
The earthquake which was later updated into a magnitude of 7.2 has struck 284km off the coast of Fiji.
The quake struck at 10.52am local time, the US Geological Survey said.
BREAKING: Hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts within 300 km of epicenter after 7.2 magnitude quake southwest of Fiji: USGS
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) January 3, 2017
There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the 7.2M earthquake south of Fiji at 10:53am NZ time.
— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) January 3, 2017
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