No tsunami threat after 5.3-magnitude quake off Big Island

Courtesy: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Courtesy: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning says there is no tsunami threat for Hawaii following a 5.3-magnitude earthquake off the Big Island.

For residents of Hawaii island where small earthquakes are common near the volcano, they say the one they felt Tuesday afternoon was not like most.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake centered about 31 miles south of Kalapana.

Scientists say there’s only been one other earthquake coming from that area that was greater than a five-point magnitude in the last 20 years.

It was also 25 miles deep and scientists say that’s probably why it was felt as far away as Oahu.

“The earth is very sound down there there’s not a lot of cracks, therefore waves travel very efficiently through the material,” USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismic Network manager, Wes Thelen.

“For one like this that not only shook most of the island but farther than that I can’t remember the last time that’s rocked like that,” ESPN radio DJ/resident, Josh Pacheco.

Again, there were no reports of damage and no tsunami generated.

Scientists say the quake was too small and too deep to do that.

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