4.6 earthquake felt on Maui

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake southwest of Hawaii island on Thursday morning was felt on Maui, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The quake occurred at 9:07 a.m. and was centered about 52 miles southeast of Ka Lae (South Point) on Hawaii island about 17 miles deep into the Earth’s crust. The quake occurred near the Day and Palmer seamounts.

Light shaking was reported on Hawaii island, Maui and Oahu, USGS said.

The depth, location and recorded seismic waves of the quake suggest it was caused by bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian Island chain, a common source for temblors in this area, USGS said. Aftershocks are possible.

The quake caused no detectable changes to Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes on Hawaii island, and there was no tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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