A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Fiji in the Ring of Fire region
- The earthquake struck 123 km east to southeast of Suva, Fiji, at a depth of 669 km.
- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive tsunami was expected
- It has been degraded from an initial reading of 8.1 by the US Geological Survey. UU
Joe Middleton for Mailonline
A large 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji on Friday, but no tsunami threat was issued.
The quake struck 123 km east to southeast of Suva, Fiji, the United States Geological Survey said.
The epicenter of the quake was 63 miles (102 km) southeast of the capital, Suva.
It was degraded from an initial reading of 8.1 by the USGS.
The 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit southeast of Suva, Fiji, at a depth of 669 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami because the earthquake was too deep. It struck 378 miles (609km) underground.
The center said no destructive tsunami were expected across the Pacific, and there was no threat of a tsunami to Hawaii.
The Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management of New Zealand said there was no threat of a tsunami for New Zealand.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that only a "light" shake would be felt throughout the archipelago of the Pacific Ocean.
Fiji is within the "Ring of Fire", an area of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.