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M6.9 Earthquake Strikes Offshore of Fiji, Followed by Strong Aftershocks


PDC Disaster Alert, centered on Fiji, displaying PDC Active Hazards and earthquake locations and magnitudes from the past 48 hours.

On January 3, a major M6.9 earthquake occurred in the Fiji Islands region, initially prompting tsunami warnings for coastal areas around the island nation (NDMO, PTWC). According to reports, at least two aftershocks greater than M5.0 followed soon after the initial quake (Reuters). There were no initial reports of widespread injuries or damage.

As seen in the image above, noticeable earthquake activity in the South Pacific Ocean continues offshore from Fiji’s two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

RVA Country Profile: Fiji


This Week in Hazards

  • Earlier this week, intense rainfall and related factors triggered flooding across parts of Indonesia. According to reports, flooding affected 52 villages in Aceh Timur (Aceh Province), with thousands of houses inundated (BNPB). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through March.
  • Wind advisories are in effect for all parts of Croatia. “Very dangerous” weather conditions in coastal areas are expected, and imply a “high level of threat to health” especially for mariners (MeteoAlarm). Coastal infrastructure and ferry transport may also be affected.

Current Hazard Warnings

Winter Storm: Canada (Northwest Territories, Quebec), United States (Southwest region, Alaska)

Extreme Temperature: Mongolia

High Wind: Croatia, United States (Hawaii)

Avalanche: United States (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming)

Flood: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia (Queensland, Western Australia)

Earthquake: Fiji

Wildfire: Argentina, Chile

Drought: United States (Northeastern, Southern, Western)

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