Today’s earthquake in Hawaii: ‘Strong shaking’ and magnitude 5 tremors rumble across the Big Island.
On Tuesday morning, the Big Island of Hawaii was jolted by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake.
Just three miles (5 kilometers) north of Hawai’i – Big Island, “strong shaking” and tremors were recorded. At a depth of around 17 miles (27 kilometers) below sea level, the earthquake ruptured. The quakes were reported to the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) branch at 2.03pm BST on Tuesday – 3.03pm local time on Monday.
Hawai’i, often known as the Big Island, is the largest of the Hawaiian archipelago’s eight main islands.
Kilauea and Mauna Loa, the island’s two most iconic volcanoes, each experienced a magnitude 4 earthquake early last month.
Today’s tremor was felt over Kohala in the northwest region of the Big Island, according to the HVO.
On the USGS website, more than 1,200 people have already reported feeling the tremors.
“Strong shaking has been observed over the districts of Kohala, with a maximum intensity of V on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale,” according to the USGS.
“No serious damage to buildings or structures is envisaged at that intensity.”
Locals have also taken to social media to complain that the ground is moving in the area.
“We only have people on Earth!” one Twitter user exclaimed. We were recently jolted awake by an earthquake in Hawaii!
“Everyone needs to understand that we’re all in this together!”
“Was there an earthquake just now?” someone else inquired. Is it possible that the ground was moving? @TheTomGeorge”
“I don’t normally feel Big Island #earthquakes in Honolulu, but this one drew my attention, 200 miles away,” a third person said.
“Not a big problem here – I assumed it was a truck or something nearby – but it appears to have been pretty visible in, say, Waimea. #Hawaii”
The good news is that the earthquake is unlikely to cause any damage to Hawai’i’s active volcanoes.
The shocks have had no visible impact on Kilauea or Mauna Loa, according to Ken Hon, HVO Scientist-in-Charge.
These types of earthquakes are pretty typical in the area, although aftershocks are possible, according to the expert.
“This earthquake is due to stress from the island’s weight on the underlying ocean crust and mantle,” he said.
“These earthquakes are fairly common and have nothing to do with volcanic processes. Please be advised that aftershocks could occur and be felt.
“HVO is still keeping an eye on the Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes.
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