6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii

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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.


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."


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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