8.2 Earthquake 280 Kilometers NNE Ndoi Island Fiji – On Saturday, August 18, 2018 (Aug 19, 2018 1:17:42 AM – local time), an 8.2 earthquake struck near Ndoi Island, Fiji (see video below).
Ndoi is part of a group of islands within a barrier reef system in the Fijian archipelago of Lau Islands.
The Lau Islands of Fiji are situated in the southern Pacific Ocean, just east of the Koro Sea. Of this chain of about sixty islands and islets, about thirty are inhabited.
The Lau Group covers a land area of 188 square miles (487 square km), and had a population of 10,683 at the most recent census in 2007.
While most of the northern Lau Group are high islands of volcanic origin, those of the south are mostly carbonate low islands.
- Levuka, Fiji 272.5 km (169.3 mi) E – Population: 8,360
- Labasa, Fiji 330.6 km (205.4 mi) SE – Population: 27,949
- Suva, Fiji 364.8 km (226.7 mi) E – Population: 77,366
- Nuku‘alofa, Tonga 447.8 km (278.3 mi) NW – Population: 22,400
- Ba, Fiji 452.4 km (281.1 mi) E – Population: 14,596
On September 29, 2009, one of the largest normal fault (outer rise) earthquakes ever recorded (M8.1) occurred south of Samoa, 40 km east of the Tonga trench, generating a tsunami that killed at least 180 people.
Since 1900 there have been 15 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded near New Zealand. Nine of these, and the four largest, occurred along or near the Macquarie Ridge, including the 1989 M8.2 event on the ridge itself, and the 2004 M8.1 event 200 km to the west of the plate boundary, reflecting intraplate deformation. The largest recorded earthquake in New Zealand itself was the 1931 M7.8 Hawke’s Bay earthquake, which killed 256 people. The last M7.5+ earthquake along the Alpine Fault was 170 years ago; studies of the faults’ strain accumulation suggest that similar events are likely to occur again.
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