South Pacific hit with 8.2 magnitude natural disaster

Barpak- Buildings in Northern Gorkha in Nepal destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal

A massive natural disaster of magnitude 8.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga but it was very deep and did not trigger a tsunami, the US Geological Survey and US Tsunami Warning Center says.

The quake struck just after midday Sunday and was nearly 560 kilometers deep, the USGS said.

The epicenter was in a remote area near Delamar Mountain Road, north of Big Bear Lake.

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No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no tsunami was expected, perhaps considering the quake's depth.

It initially registered as a 7.9-magnitude natural disaster, but since the original alert, the USGS has upgraded the magnitude of the quake to an 8.2.

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