An 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand and east of Australia. The quake was the strongest this year in the world. We had just one earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or greater in 2017, none in 2016 and a total of 11 earthquakes of magnitude 8.0 or higher in the last 11 years. The quake occurred at 8:20 pm EDT. Below is a map of the center of the earthquake (star) and the proximitry to the Fiji Islands:
This quake did not generate a tsunami. This was a relatively deep quake. It occurred 350 miles beneath the water surface. In contrast, the earthquake that killed 460 people in Indonesia on Aug. 5 was just 19 miles beneath the earth’s surface. While that quake measured a magnitude 6.9, it was much closer to the earth’s surface, so it did more damage.
Saturday was an active day for earthquakes. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck near Bima, Indonesia, a 6.1 magnitude e-quake occurred in Costa Rica, a 5.5 magnitude e-quake hit Japan (after a 6.3 magnitude quake on Friday) and a 4.4 magnitude e-quake hit S. California near the town of Anza, which is NNE of San Diego.