The busiest sequence of major quake activity this year is impacting the Fiji area, South Pacific this week. On 9 November, three major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) struck South Fiji, a 665 km deep magnitude 7.0 was sandwiched between a magnitude 6.8 and a magnitude 6.6 both at a similar depth to the mag 7.0. Late yesterday evening a magnitude 7.3 struck east of Tonga and this morning a magnitude 7.0 rocked the Fiji region.
So far 118 major quakes have been recorded this year, which is slightly below par with a month and a half left of 2022. At this time last year, 132 major quakes, mag 6 or higher had been recorded. In 2020, 104—2019, 122—2018, 110—2017, 90—1016, 117, according to USGS data.