Earthquake triggers dangerous landslides at Mount Washington Volcano, Kadavu, Fiji

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A M5.7 earthquake off Kadavu triggered multiple landslides on Mount Washington on October 19, 2019.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office Kadavu warned nearby villages to avoid landslide areas of Mt Washington and urged divers to avoid going out to sea.

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Dangerous landlsides reported on Mount Washington after M5.3 earthquake on October 23, 2019. Picture: Kaiviti Diver

Kadavu was hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Sunday which was felt as far as Nadi, Fiji’s third largest town and Suva the capital of the island nation.

The earthquake and aftershocks triggered landslides on Mount Washington, a dormant andesitic lava dome.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Fiji has advised villages that live near Mount Washington on the island of Kadavu to refrain from diving on their fishing grounds and avoid movement near the area due to underwater explosions.

This was after the NDMO received reports that there were some activities underwater in Kadavu which could be of high risk to villagers.

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Risk zones in Kadavu after earthquake and landlides on Mount Washington volcano.

The NDMO has urged people to stay away from all landslides that have occurred in the last few days and divers to avoid going out to sea during this time while assessments are still being undertaken.

Continuous tremors or future eruption may make these areas even more hazardous.

Meanwhile, the undergoing earthquake swarm near Kadavu is currently being monitored and investigated by the National Disaster Management Office. [Fiji Village]

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