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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits near Fiji, prompting a tsunami alert


A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji Wednesday morning, prompting a brief tsunami warning for the island. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck about 135 miles southwest of the tourist hub Nadi.

It was relatively shallow, striking just 9 miles deep. Officials say more shallow quakes often cause more damage than ones that strike deeper. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for all coastlines within 190 miles of the epicenter. 

The warning was lifted approximately an hour after it was issued. 

Fiji's top disaster management officer said there were no initial reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake. 

When the tsunami alert was issued, the officer said people moved inland, but by the afternoon authorities assured the public it was safe to return to work. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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