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Magnitude 4.5 quake strikes 48 miles off Kailua after midnight

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:20 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013

A magnitude-4.5 earthquake struck off the north coast of Molokai just after midnight today, the strongest earthquake in the area in more than eight years. It did not generate a tsunami.

The quake hit at 12:04 a.m. and was centered 30 miles north of Kualapu'u, Molokai, and 48 miles east-northeast of Kailua, at a depth of 21.6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake's magnitude was initially reported at 4.0 but was upgraded to 4.5.

The USGS website's "did you feel it" page received more than 60 responses from across Oahu, Molokai and as far away as Kapaa, Kauai, 157 miles west of the epicenter.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said the earthquake did not generate a tsunami.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said that 10 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or larger have occurred north of Molokai in the past 20 years, including a magnitude-4.1 earthquake on May 20, 2005.

"This is a good reminder that the island of Hawaii is not the only Hawaiian island prone to earthquakes," said Wes Thelen, HVO's seismic network manager. He said earthquakes in this area are typically caused by a structural adjustment of the mantle in response to the weight of the Hawaiian islands.

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whs1966 wrote:
Wow! I nevah no quakes can strike above land...I learn someting new everyday.
on June 21,2013 | 05:34AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Of course. Haven't read the book on 101 different positions of Earthquakes? Must have be a teenage Earthquake?
on June 21,2013 | 10:49AM
Kaluu wrote:
A headline writer is going to have a red face for a few minutes over this one. But it's an understandable error that makes some sense if you think of north as "above" on a map. Also, the grammar of the lead sentence is screwed up, but that's typical of post-60s, "whatever"-attitude writing. We're probably the only nation that has a "whatever" attitude about so many critical skills, such as communication. That's why my Ford was a piece of junk and my Toyota is a fine automobile. But whatever, yeah?
on June 21,2013 | 06:18AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I hear you, whatever!
on June 21,2013 | 08:31AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The next generation of smartphone users talk in the texting, draft mode. Expect more slang in the future.
on June 21,2013 | 10:54AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
O.K. Go teach English 101 in Kuyk!
on June 21,2013 | 07:35PM
W_Williams wrote:
I'm glad the earlier posting was deleted--you know, the one about the earthquake hitting above Molokai. That was pretty funny. It's on Facebook, thanks to an alert reader. LOL.
on June 21,2013 | 09:09AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I love Gossipbook.
on June 21,2013 | 10:50AM
mikethenovice wrote:
My pet cat woke me up.
on June 21,2013 | 10:47AM
DPI wrote:
My 9 year old daughter asked me about it this morning. "Did you feel my room shaking?" I did not feel it but sure enough, there it is.
on June 21,2013 | 11:32AM
juscasting wrote:
My wife thought it was the Pork & Beans I had for dinner last night!
on June 21,2013 | 11:42AM
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