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M 4.6 Earthquake Shakes Fiji Islands-Well Felt In Suva

Disaster Report: M 4.6 earthquake shakes Fiji Islands today. Tremor was well felt in Capital Suva.

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Update
Got some mail asking if there is any chance of Tsunami by today's quake, let me know you all, the reaction was so fast only because the tremor was widely felt because of its shallower depth. The epicenter is in land and intensity is moderate, so there is NO ANY CHANCE OF TSUNAMI FROM THIS QUAKE.
This blog was first to give information about this quake. Since there was  a post about severe flooding in Fiji Islands which is well indexed in google, so google showed this blog when people searched for earthquake in Fiji 2012/04/27. I was writing the post for today and immediately wrote this post with heading UNCONFIRMED REPORT OF EARTHQUAKE TREMOR FELT IN FIJI ISLAND! The heading was so because there was no any information about this quake on major seismological sites BUT hundreds of people were online on this blog from Fiji.
It is about an hour for this quake but no any information from either USGS or EMSC! Hope they will update soon.
Got so many felt reports from Fiji (look below), thanks to everyone.

Update
Here is how Ken McHugh from Tamavua, Suva describes his experience, "First a noise similar to a very loud truck passing accompanied with some minor shaking then a loud impact sounding noise as if the truck had hit the house ... but there wasn't any truck. Maybe lasted 5 seconds?"

Update
The jolt was strong enough to stop the The Coca Cola Games currently held at the National Stadium for certain minutes.

Update
There is report of some building quickly evacuated in Suva after the quake.The epicenter was located just 2 km north of Lami.

Update
Preliminary report of M 4.6 moderate shallow earthquake in Fiji @ 14 km depth.

Update
Following the felt reports obtained, the tremor was well felt in Suva. The intensity ranges from strong to weak across fiji BUT no any detail report about the quake.

Update
Aashna from Vatuwaqa: Strong shake felt for a few seconds and seemed like something hit the house.
Raymond Inia from Suva: Yep same time, 3 seconds of rumbling and then a loud bang and jolt at the end. Felt like a big 18 wheeler driving by.

Update
Eight people were killed on September 14, 1953 when M 6.7 earthquake hit near Suva, Fiji, just off the southeast shore of Viti Levu. The earthquake triggered a coral reef platform collapse and a submarine landslide that caused a tsunami
Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. It is located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu, in the Central Division, Rewa Province.

Update
Getting a lot of felt reports from Fiji mainly from Suva but No ANY NEWS FROM MAJOR SEISMOLOGICAL AGENCIES.
Brenda Lowry from Tamavua, Suva, Fiji writes, "Around 2:40 pm Friday April 27. Whole house shook for about 3 seconds. No damage or injuries"

Update
Getting some felt reports,
David  from Suva, Fiji writes, "about 3.00 p.m.. Building shook briefly like something hit it"

Update 03:29 UTC
Still no any quake is mentioned in Fiji either by USGS or EMSC. Kindly anyone who are online from Fiji can share the intensity what they felt!

Currently hundreds of people online from Fiji. Seems that strong earthquake has hit Fiji Island.
However neither USGS nor EMSC have mentioned anything about this quake.

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Felt Reports
David  from Suva, Fiji: about 3.00 p.m.. Building shook briefly like something hit it.
Brenda Lowry from Tamavua, Suva, Fiji: Around 2:40 pm Friday April 27. Whole house shook for about 3 seconds. No damage or injuries.
Aashna from Vatuwaqa: Strong shake felt for a few seconds and seemed like something hit the house.
Raymond Inia from Suva: Yep same time, 3 seconds of rumbling and then a loud bang and jolt at the end. Felt like a big 18 wheeler driving by.
Lote from Suva: Scary!!!
From Suva Point, Suva City: Brief jolt. Windows rattled. felt like someone ran into the house with a car or something. Brief rumbling sound.
Rajen govind from walubay , suva: it was just like a big truck hitting the building.
Ray from Suva: Woke us from afternoon sleep. House and floor shaking/rumbling sound.
Tiarana from Laucala beach Suva: I was just at school when we heard this bang and a strong tremor at about 3:40.
Ken McHugh from Tamavua, Suva: First a noise similar to a very loud truck passing accompanied with some minor shaking then a loud impact sounding noise as if the truck had hit the house ... but there wasn't any truck. Maybe lasted 5 seconds?
Joshua prasad from Suva city: It was a very strong shake like some falling on top of the house..i never felt such shakes..i was on the 2nd floor of my office the export council bldg..it was really a big shake......
Shreya singh from bayview heights, Suva: I was in my room and the windows and mirror shook.
Matelita Rakacikaci from Suva City: I felt like something falling beside the building where i work......i felt frightened.....just thought of my family at home especially my children....
Melzy coco from Fiji: I was in school and it started to shake.
Shiu Montu from Centre Point, Laucala Beach: We were at the office and then we heard a loud sound, as if something had crashed outside in the car park, then the ground started to shake. Lasted for a couple of seconds.

Preliminary Epicenter Location
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Comments

  1. Are people advised to move to higher ground in Fiji as there will be little time to issue warnings??

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  2. First there was a rumbling then a loud bang (more like an underground explosion)accompanied by tremors, thought that a large object had fallen on the roof of the house.

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