ASIA-PACIFIC: THREE MAJOR EARTHQUAKES STRIKE NEAR FIJI, TONGA AND INDONESIA

A trio of intense earthquakes shook several islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia on Sunday, including two on the already battered island of Lombok.

The most recent major quake was a 6.9 magnitude tremor centered just 4 kilometers south of Belanting, on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

It was centered 6 kilometers northeast of Sembalunlawaang, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

That quake would have been felt moderately throughout Lombok island and slightly in the neighboring tourist island of Bali, the USGS said.

While the USGS measured that quake at a magnitude of 6.3, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics put the quake at a 6.5.

That island is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of an Aug 5 earthquake that killed more than 430 people.

The earthquake came just hours after two other tremors rattled the South Pacific.

The quakes Sunday struck about 320 kilometers off the coasts of Fiji and Tonga. It had a massive 8.2-magnitude intensity, but was hundreds of miles deep underground.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or significant injuries from the Sunday quakes.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat because the earthquake (off Fiji and Tonga) is located too deep inside the Earth.

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

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK