Very strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Fiji

Vanua Balavu Island - Panomamio Image courtesy Fiji -

UPDATE 05:04 UTC : No damage has been reported from this earthquake as of 15 hours after the quake. Generally, there will be no damage from an earthquake of under M6.5 at 550km depth, with statistics giving a very low probability even of MMI IV (moderate shaking, with no damage). Thus, we are closing this one out as non-damaging!

UPDATE 14:52 UTC : GDACS published a GREEN earthquake alert for this earthquake = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries

UPDATE 14:51 UTC : The max. felt experience will have been a III MMI (weak shaking) for approx. 276,000 people

UPDATE 14:48 UTC : The magnitude has been recalculated from 6.2 to 6.4

Original text
Very strong but deep and accordingly harmless earthquake at approx. 30 km from Tuvuca.
The location during such a deep earthquake is of less importance than shallower quakes.
The hypocenter of this earthquake was in the hot mantle of the earth
This earthquake will have been felt in a radius of several hundred km.
252 km (156 miles) W of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.4
UTC Time :  Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 14:07:10 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Monday, April 04, 2011 at 02:07:10 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 555.5 km
Geo-location(s) :
approx. 30 km from Tuvuca
approx.  50 km from Vanua Balavu Island
252 km (156 miles) W of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
321 km (199 miles) W of SUVA, Viti Levu, Fiji

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map
USGS Impact on Population map
USGS Shaking map
GDACS GREEN earthquake report
GDACS tsunami report --> NO tsunami report
NOAA tsunami report--> NO tsunami report

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  1. I´ve seen it at my "Earthquake!" - Android App
    6.4 is very strong, but the Depth is incredible...