Moderate quake strikes coast of Big Island; no tsunami generated
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Moderate quake strikes coast of Big Island; no tsunami generated

  • U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A moderate earthquake struck the coast of the Volcano area of Hawaii island this morning.

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A moderate earthquake struck the coast of the Volcano area of Hawaii island early this morning but did not generate a tsunami.

The magnitude 5.5 quake struck at 12:55 a.m. on Kilauea Volcano’s south flank near the Holei Pali area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at a depth of 4.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

Light to moderate shaking was reported across Hawaii island and Maui, although no serious injuries or significant damage were reported. The USGS “Did you feel it?” web page received more than 260 reports in the first hour after the earthquake.

There was, however, no apparent effect on Kilauea Volcano, according to HVO seismic network manager Brian Shiro.

“We see no detectable changes in volcanic activity at the summit or along the rift zones of Kilauea as a result of this earthquake. Aftershocks are possible and could be felt,” he said.

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