Saturday, May 05, 2018

6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Hawaii. - Numerous aftershocks

6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Hawaii.
An earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the Big Island of Hawaii on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck 16 km southwest of Leilani Estates, Hawaii at 12:32 p.m. local time (2232 GMT).

The epicenter, with a depth of 5 km, was initially determined to be at 19.3702 degrees north latitude and 155.0321 degrees west longitude.

"This is in almost exactly the same location as the deadly 1975 M 7.1 earthquake," the USGS tweeted.

Bystanders said the latest quake appeared to last about 15 seconds, sending people fleeing from buildings and community centers, local news outlet Hawaii News Now reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii following the 6.9-magnitude earthquake.
Magnitude Mw 6.9
Date time 2018-05-04 22:32:55.9 UTC
Location 19.46 N ; 155.06 W
Depth 5 km
3875 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 10:32:55.9 2018-05-05 
357 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 372,000 / local time: 12:32:55.9 2018-05-04 
30 km S of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,300 / local time: 12:32:55.9 2018-05-04 
6 km S of Fern Acres, United States / pop: 1,600 / local time: 12:32:55.9 2018-05-04


  1. Following the quake, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed further volcanic eruption is ongoing in Leilani Subdivision, in the Puna District.

  2. Authorities warn that people must leave the area immediately due to high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas, noting that those with “compromised respiratory systems” are especially vulnerable. “The high levels detected are an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate,” the alert stressed.


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