5.3 quake off Big Island also shakes Maui

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake southeast of the Big Island rattled some Maui residents Tuesday, but no tsunami was generated and there were no reports of injuries or damage, according to a Maui Civil Defense official.

The Civil Defense Agency received a “smattering of calls, not overwhelming” after the earthquake initially was reported at 2:13 p.m., according to Anna Foust, the county’s emergency management officer.

The earthquake was “widely felt” in the nine-story Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku, she said.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the earthquake was centered in deep ocean southeast of the Big Island. It reported the time of the earthquake as 2:13 p.m.

“No tsunami is expected,” the warning center’s website said. However, “some areas may have experienced strong shaking.”

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake as a magnitude 5.3, and said it was about 34 miles southeast of Pahala on the Big Island, at a depth of 25 miles.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said there were no immediate reports of damage on the Big Island.

Tony Andrade, a store clerk at the Mizuno Superette in Pahala, said the grocery stores’ shelves rocked but nothing fell off.

People as far away as Oahu felt the earthquake, USGS officials said.

For more information, go online to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s website at ptwc.weather.gov or the U.S. Geological Survey’s site at usgs.gov.