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7.2 Earthquake Off Fiji But Not Expected to Cause Much Damage

by Alex Johnson, Niven McCall-Mazza and Emma Ong /
MAP: South Pacific earthquake
The 7.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded Wednesday morning more than 100 miles off the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific.U.S. Geological Survey

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A 7.2-magnitude was recorded Wednesday morning about 100 miles off the Fiji Islands, but little damage or threat to life was expected.

MAP: South Pacific earthquake
The 7.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded Wednesday morning more than 100 miles off the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific.U.S. Geological Survey

The quake was recorded at 10:52 a.m. (4:52 ET Tuesday) 115 miles southwest of the South Pacific islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami threat notice, but it was soon canceled.

The quake wasn't felt in Suva, the capital, an official at the U.S. Embassy told NBC News.

Don Blakeman, geophysicist for the USGS, told NBC News that the quake was relatively shallow, at a depth of about 9½ miles, "which is a little more of a concern."

But "I don't think it will be a devastating quake for them," Blakeman said. "It's far enough away that they may feel it, but it likely won't cause any damage."

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