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Officials say no tsunami in Hawaii following 4.3 earthquake at Kilauea Volcano

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                                This map shows the location of two earthquakes that shook Hawaii island today. The larger, blue dot is where today’s 4.3 magnitude quake struck at Kilauea Volcano. The other dot shows where a 2.5 magnitude quake struck early this morning.

    COURTESY USGS

    This map shows the location of two earthquakes that shook Hawaii island today. The larger, blue dot is where today’s 4.3 magnitude quake struck at Kilauea Volcano. The other dot shows where a 2.5 magnitude quake struck early this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 4.3 earthquake this afternoon northeast of Pahala on the island of Hawaii, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

USGS says the earthquake at 2:13 p.m. was centered about five miles east-northeast of Pahala at a depth of 21 miles.

More than 125 Hawaii residents reported feeling the earthquake within the first 30 minutes. Light shaking was reported across the island of Hawaii, but not at an intensity that causes significant damage to buildings or structures.

HVO Scientist-in-Charge Ken Hon said the earthquake had no observable impact on the Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes.

“This earthquake is part of the ongoing seismic swarm under the Pahala area, which started in August 2019,” said Hon in a statement. “Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea. Please be aware that aftershocks are possible and may be felt. HVO continues to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes.”

Hon noted that the alert levels remain at Watch/Orange for Kilauea and Advisory/Yellow for Mauna Loa.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake was not large enough to cause a tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

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