A huge earthquake has struck off the coast of Fiji. The powerful 7.8 magnitude tremor hit 66 miles east of the Fijian capital of Suva at 4.39pm BST (3.49am Friday local time). The deep earthquake struck 377 miles under the surface, according to data from earthquake monitoring service USGS. Its depth meant only light shaking was recorded on the surface.
Officials in New Zealand said the Fiji earthquake does not pose any tsunami threat. The earthquake was initially registered as an 8.1 magnitude but was later downgraded to a 7.8. Fiji sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a 25,000 mile-long area in which some 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur. READ MORE