5.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii Island, spurs 15 aftershocks

(Image: USGS) (Image: USGS)

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 5.3-magnitude temblor rattled the Big Island early Thursday, shaking residents from Volcano to Waikoloa and causing at least 15 aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami was generated from the earthquake.

The quake struck about 7 a.m.  near the south flank of the Kilauea volcano, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Within an hour, the agency got 800 reports from residents saying they had felt the earthquake.

Some residents reported “moderate shaking.”

“It rattled us awake here in Volcano village,” wrote Julienne Irwin on Facebook.

Said Kimi Tafaoimalo, “Nearly shook me off my bed in Keaau!”

The temblor was located about 11 miles southeast of Volcano at a depth of five miles.

The USGS said Kilauea’s south flank has been the site of 29 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 or greater in the past 25 years.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Christina Neal said the earthquake had no apparent effect on Kilauea’s ongoing eruptions.

Copyright 2017 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Published by INFO JONES

"Not sweating the petty things, ...just petting the sweaty things."

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: