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Strong Earthquake Hits Near Fiji

February 2, 2006

SUVA, Fiji (AP) _ A strong earthquake struck deep under the South Pacific near Fiji on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, officials said.

The magnitude-6.6 quake hit 370 miles below the earth’s surface, too deep to cause a damaging tsunami, said Stuart Weinstein, the assistant director of the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The temblor shook about 1 a.m. Fiji time and was centered about 215 miles east of the Fijian capital, Suva, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Fiji is regularly hit by earthquakes as its 332 islands _ about 110 of which are inhabited _ sit in an active seismic area in the South Pacific.

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