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6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii

6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii
Image courtesy of USGS

Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Shaking was reported across Hawaii's Big Island after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off its south coast, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 17 miles south-southeast of Naalehu, Hawaii, at 11:53 a.m., causing "strong shaking" to be reported throughout the Hawaiian islands, though only "very slight damage" to buildings or structures may have occurred.

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The depth of the temblor was 17 miles, the survey said, adding that it was followed by a 4.3-magnitude aftershock about 3 miles north of the first one and at a depth of 22 miles.

"The depth, location and recorded seismic waves of the 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," it said.

The earthquake occurred less than two weeks after Kilauea volcano on the island began to erupt.

Ken Hon, the HVO scientist-in charge, said the temblor had no observable impact on either Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes.

"Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea except for a few minor rockfalls reported within Halemaumau crater," Hon said. "Please be aware that other aftershocks are possible and may be felt."

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no threat of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation said airports, harbors and highways as well as bridges have been inspected with no damage reported.

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