No tsunami threat following magnitude-5.2 Big Island earthquake
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
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No tsunami threat following magnitude-5.2 Big Island earthquake

  • COURTESY USGS

    The earthquake occurred at 5:09 p.m., according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A magnitude-5.2 earthquake shook the west side of the Big Island this evening but did not generate a tsunami, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 5:09 p.m. and was centered about 15 miles west-southwest of Kailua-Kona at a depth of about 10 miles.

The quake was centered on land and was not strong enough to generate a destructive tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center noted that some areas may have experienced strong shaking.

The USGS website’s “Did you feel it?” self-reported survey received about 200 responses from throughout the island within a half-hour of the quake.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. is working to restore power to the Waikoloa area. Hawaii County Civil Defense reported a large boulder fell on Highway 19 at the Hapuna Junction. Rocks fell on Highway 11 near mile markers 100 and 110.

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