4.5 Earthquake Hits Hawaii Big Island

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Big Island in Hawaii followed by a about a dozen smaller earthquakes during the next two hours, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The strongest quake was centered 13 miles southeast of Waimea with a series of smaller quakes ranging from 1.7 to 3.6 in magnitude hitting the island shortly afterward. No damage or casualties among citizens were reported.

Hawaii Earthquake

The Big Island is a volcanic area with several volcanoes forming the island which is more than 4,000-square miles in size. Kilauea volcano’s activity is not showing signs of unusual erutpions, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a report.

Deep earthquakes in the region are most often caused by structural adjustments within the Earth’s crust while the north flank of Mauna Kea has witnessed nearly a dozen earthquakes stronger than magnitude 4.0, according to the observatory. Smaller earthquakes are expected to occur during the next few days as happened in the past, scientists warned.


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