4.8 earthquake strikes beneath Kilauea Volcano; several aftershocks follow

In the Hilina Region of Kilauea Volcano
In the Hilina Region of Kilauea Volcano

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a 4.8 magnitude earthquake beneath the Big Island early Sunday morning.

It was recorded at 5:54 a.m. about 5 miles south of the summit of Kilauea Volcano and at a depth of about 20 miles.

Several aftershocks followed, the largest of which was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake at 6:06 a.m.

According to Wes Thelen, HVO’s Seismic Network Manager, “these earthquakes were most likely structural adjustment of the Earth’s crust due to the weight of the island on the underlying mantle.”

Many Big Island residents reported feeling the shaking and the HVO says people as far away as Oahu and Maui reported feeling the earthquake. Almost 400 reports received within the first hour of the earthquake.

No injuries were reported.

Click here for a map of Recent Earthquakes in Hawai’i from the USGS

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