A powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake has been felt in the Pacific near Tonga and Fiji. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) thinks since the origin of the Sunday earthquake was deeper in the earth`s surface, it will not cause any damage.
The USGS said the quake hit at a depth of 347.7 miles (559.57 kilometers) and was initially reported as magnitude 8.0.
According to the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the quake will not trigger a tsunami. If its origin was not so deep, earthquake of this magnitude would have been very damaging.
The epicenter of the earthquake is about 270 kilometers east of Fiji`s Levuka and 443 kilometers west of Tonga`s Neiafu.
The area is located in the Pacific Ocean`s earthquake-prone ‘Ring of Fire’.