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Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes off Kaneohe

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    The star on the map indicates where the earthquake originated.

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck northeast of Kaneohe tonight and was widely felt across Oahu.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:40 p.m. and was centered roughly 22 miles northeast of Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay at a depth of about 6 miles. The preliminary magnitude of 4.0 was later upgraded.

The USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” web page for the quake received hundreds of responses from across Oahu, mostly from the Windward side, and as far away as Kauai and the Big Island.

A 4.2 magnitude quake is too small to generate a tsunami.

“The earthquake was likely due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the island chain and poses no significant hazard,” said Brian Shiro, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s seismic network manager.

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