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No tsunami threat to Hawaii following major Fiji natural disaster

19 August 2018

The US Tsunami Warning Centre also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The latest tremor sent shudders through residents.

The director of Fiji's Mineral Resources Department, which runs the country's seismology unit, told Reuters on Sunday the quake was widely felt, but there were no reports of damage. "All the lights went out", Asmaatul Husna told Reuters at a shopping mall where she works in Lombok's main town, Mataram.

Dubbed "The Island of a Thousand Mosques", Muslim-majority Lombok is a less popular destination than its neighbour Bali, the Hindu-majority island that forms the backbone of Indonesia's $19.4 billion tourist sector.

More than 350,000 people fled their homes after that quake to shelter in government-provided tents or makeshift structures in open fields.

The economic toll of the quake - including its impact to buildings, infrastructure and productivity - has been estimated to be at least five trillion rupiah (€303 million).

The quake occurred in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

No tsunami threat to Hawaii following major Fiji natural disaster