Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:23:21 +0100

Suva, Fiji, Nov 18, 2018 (AFP) - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji Monday, the United States Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to cause any damage.   It was centred 534 kilometres (331 miles) deep and 283 kilometres east of the capital Suva where residents said they did not notice any shaking.   The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the tremor which occurred at 9:25 am (2025 GMT Sunday).   The area is prone to deep undersea earthquakes and was hit with a 7.8-magnitude tremor two months ago.   Fiji sits within the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:13:14 +0200

Wellington, Oct 19, 2018 (AFP) - As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low.   The British royals, currently in Australia, arranged their trip before Meghan's pregnancy was known, sparking fears she and her unborn baby could be vulnerable in the island nations, where Zika is officially listed as a risk.

But WHO said the most recent case of the mosquito-borne virus in Fiji was in 2017 and there had been no recorded cases in Tonga since 2016.   "At the moment, there is really no evidence of a Zika virus outbreak in Fiji," Dr Angela Merianos, a Suva-based communicable diseases specialist with WHO told AFP.   She said the situation was similar in Tonga, adding: "Overall, the risk is low and there lots of things that you can do to decrease that risk even further."

Merianos said all travellers should follow "common sense" precautions to avoid mosquitos, which can carry dengue fever and chikungunya, as well as Zika.   These include wearing insect repellent, using mosquito screens and staying indoors where possible.   "Zika of course is a particular concern for pregnant women and women of reproductive age," she said.   "People should be wearing protective clothing, preferably light coloured, that covers most of the body."   Kensington Palace said after Meghan's pregnancy was publicly announced that the royals had decided to proceed with the trip after seeking advice from doctors about the Zika virus.

Zika normally causes a mild fever that lasts less than a week but if a pregnant woman is infected the baby can develop microcephaly, a smaller than normal head size, and other congenital defects.   Public Health England lists both Fiji and Tonga as moderate risk of Zika.   The British health department's advice for travellers on Fiji states: "Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel until after the pregnancy."   Harry and Meghan will arrive in Fiji next Tuesday, travelling on to Tonga on Thursday.
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 19:42:22 +0200

Hong Kong, Sept 6, 2018 (AFP) - A major 7.8 magnitude quake struck off the Fiji coast early Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami threat was issued.   The epicentre of the tremor was 102 kilometres (63 miles) southeast of the capital Suva.    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat because the quake was too deep.    It hit 609 kilometres (378 miles) underground.    The USGS said only "light" shaking would have been felt across the Pacific Ocean archipelago ocean.   Fiji sits within the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:10:12 +0200

Sydney, Aug 19, 2018 (AFP) - A strong 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to generate a tsunami and there were no reports of damage.   The tremor hit at 12:19 pm (0019 GMT) local time 361 kilometres (224 miles) east of the Pacific nation's capital Suva, at a depth of 563 kilometres, the US seismologists said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was "no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth".   The quake, and several aftershocks ranging up to magnitude 6.8, were felt as a rippling effect in the outer Lau islands group but residents in Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu, said they did not feel a thing.   The government's Seismology Unit issued a statement saying the earthquake "does not pose any immediate threat to the Fiji region due to its deep depth".   The quake occurred in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.
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- National. 4 May 2018. 3 deaths and 3197 confirmed dengue fever cases have been recorded so far this year [2018]. Health Minister, Rosy Akbar has confirmed that 1443 cases were recorded from the Northern Division, 908 in the Western Division, 825 in the Central Division, and 21 in the Eastern Division.
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