4.6M earthquake recorded off Hawaii Island

Map courtesy USGS
Map courtesy USGS


Did you feel the earthquake Friday morning? A lot of Hawaii residents did.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.6 earthquake between the Islands of Hawaii and Maui at 5:33 a.m.

According to Brian Shiro, HVO’s seismic network manager, the earthquake was centered about 15 miles northwest of Kawaihae, Hawaii, at a depth of 26 miles.

The earthquake was felt throughout the island chain, from Hawaii Island to Oahu.

The USGS “Did you feel it?” website received 1,300 reports within two hours of the earthquake.

Light shaking was reported across the islands, however damage to buildings or structures is not expected.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center determined that no tsunami was generated.

The depth, location, and recorded seismic waves of Friday’s earthquake suggest a source due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian Island chain, a common source for earthquakes in this area. Aftershocks are possible and could be felt.

The earthquake caused no detectable changes in Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions, on Mauna Loa, or at other active volcanoes on the Island of Hawaii.

Click here for information on recent earthquakes in Hawaii and eruption updates.

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