Fiji, Indonesia struck by massive earthquakes

New Delhi [India], Aug 20: A massive earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck Fiji Islands region on Sunday.

The quake, that struck at 12:19 am (GMT) earlier measured 7.9, but the United States Geological Survey upgraded the magnitude to 8.2. The epicentre of the quake was located 281 km northeast of the Ndoi Island in Fiji at a depth of 560 kilometres.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that no tsunami was expected due to the earthquake’s depth. There were no reports of casualties and damage so far.

Fiji is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Meanwhile, an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 on the Richter scale rocked the island of Lombok, Indonesia on Sunday.

The earthquake was centred in the northeast of the island at a depth of 20km, reported a local daily. No causality has been reported until now, but the power outrage left the island in dark.

This comes two weeks after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 hit the island, which claimed 347 lives and caused massive destruction on August 5.

According to several media reports, a large number of people have been displaced due to the earthquake, while over 1,000 people sustained injuries.

Indonesia too is located in the Ring of Fire.