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Magnitude-4.2 quake shakes Kilauea Volcano

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    The U.S. Geological Survey said a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck at about 5:26 p.m. today. Its epicenter is marked by the star on this USGS map.

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook Kilauea volcano Saturday evening, officials said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu said no tsunami was generated from the quake, which struck at 5:26 p.m., but some areas may have experienced some shaking.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 27 miles south of Hilo and 12 miles southeast of Volcano at a depth of more than 3 miles.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said the quake was “part of the continuing adjustments beneath the south flank of Kilauea following the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that occurred on May 4, 2018.”

“The earthquakes have caused no detectable changes in activity at either Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes,” they said in a news release.

HVO officials said that just before the Saturday earthquake, a magnitude-1.6 quake occurred deep beneath Kilauea’s southwest rift zone, “causing some initial confusion about the larger earthquake’s location.”

The USGS “Did you feel it?” self-reported web survey service received more than 100 reports within an hour of the larger earthquake.

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