Fiji Earthquake: Strong earthquake tremors have been felt in Fiji on Tuesday. The National Center for Seismology (NCS) measured the intensity of the earthquake at 6.3 on the Richter scale. Please tell that Fiji is a country in the South Pacific. It is an archipelago of over 300 islands.
NCS told that the earthquake occurred at 10.01 am. Its depth has been measured at 569 km. The NCS said in a tweet that no casualties have been reported so far in the quake.
Earthquake of Magnitude:6.3, Occurred on 18-04-2023, 10:01:43 IST, Lat: -22.42 & Long: 179.26, Depth: 569 Km ,Location: 485km S of Suva, Fiji for more information Download the BhooKamp App https://t.co/hKL3mGIslZ @Indiametdept @ndmaindia @Dr_Mishra1966 @Ravi_MoES pic.twitter.com/PA7VhcIahy
— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) April 18, 2023
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) informed that this is the second earthquake within a week. Earlier, an earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit Fiji on Thursday.
What to do during an earthquake?
- In the event of an earthquake, one should always remain calm and reassure others.
- During the event, one should always look for the safest place. Like- should stand away from open space, buildings.
- People living indoors who cannot leave in time should hide under desks, tables or beds. Also stay away from glass windows.
- Do not rush to leave the building while remaining calm as this may lead to a stampede.
- If outside, move away from buildings and power lines and stop moving vehicles immediately.
how dangerous is an earthquake
- 0 to 1.9 – can be known only by seismography.
- 2 to 2.9 – Light tremors are felt.
- 3 to 3.9- If a high speed vehicle passes by you, it has such an effect.
- 4 to 4.9 – The windows start shaking. Things hanging on the walls fall.
- 5 to 5.9- Goods kept inside the houses like furniture etc. start shaking.
- 6 to 6.9- Raw houses and houses collapse. There are cracks in the houses.
- 7 to 7.9- Buildings and houses get damaged. There was an earthquake of this intensity in Gujarat’s Bhuj in 2001 and Nepal in 2015.
- 8 to 8.9 – Large buildings and bridges collapse.
- 9 and above – most devastation. If someone is standing in the field, he will also see the earth shaking. During the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the intensity on the Richter scale was measured at 9.1.