8.2 quake strikes off the coast of Fiji, small tsunami waves observed

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A magnitude 3.2 natural disaster struck near the Big Bear area on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USTsunami Warning Centre says the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

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The US Geological Survey measured Sunday's quake, which was centered in the northeast of the island, at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of seven kilometres.

But it was less powerful than the deadly quake earlier this month and there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

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Lombok, which lies just east of Bali, the southeast Asian country's most famous tourist destination, has been rocked by a series of quakes and aftershocks since July 29, including a 6.9-magnitude tremor on August 5. "People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage", USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

Its epicentre is 167 miles (270km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

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Fiji is located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. "People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage".