Earthquakes on the Fijis

On the Fijis, there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

2 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 5 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around the Fijis by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11 am UTC.

Recent earthquakes on the Fijis
  • Jan. 26, 11:14 am
    Magnitude 4.5: south of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 514.33 km.
  • Jan. 24, 10:21 am
    Magnitude 4.4: Fiji at a depth of 567.07 km.
  • Jan. 23, 6:56 am
    Magnitude 4.6: Fiji at a depth of 390.16 km.
  • Jan. 20, 4:55 am
    Magnitude 4.5: 196 km east-northeast of Levuka at a depth of 553.01 km.
  • Jan. 19, 8:07 am
    Magnitude 4.8: 212 km west-northwest of Lautoka at a depth of ten km.
  • Jan. 16, 5:36 am
    Magnitude 4.6: 75 km northeast of Levuka at a depth of 609.98 km.
  • Jan. 16, 5:09 am
    Magnitude 5.0: south of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 573.36 km.
  • Jan. 14, 1:00 pm
    Magnitude 4.4: south of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 529.54 km.

Earthquakes on the Fijis since 1950

The strongest earthquake on the Fijis happened on 08/19/2018 in the Fiji Islands region with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
09/06/2018Fiji Islands670 km7.90
08/19/2018Fiji Islands600 km8.20
01/03/2017Fiji Islands7 km6.90
08/19/2002Fiji Islands24 km7.70
08/19/2002Fiji Islands1 km7.70
03/09/1994Fiji Islands6 km7.60
03/03/1990Fiji Islands27 km7.60
11/16/1979Fiji Islands25 km6.90
12/16/1975Fiji Islands39 km4.90
09/28/1957Fiji Islands 7.50
05/23/1956Fiji Islands 7.50
09/14/1953Fiji Islands36 km6.42

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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