5.5 quake at Kilauea felt in Maui County

The Maui News

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake beneath Kilauea volcano at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday was felt on Maui and Molokai, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake was centered about 7.5 miles southeast of the Kilauea caldera near the Holei Pali area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at a depth of 4.1 miles.

Light to moderate shaking was reported in East, Central and South Maui and near Kaunakakai, according to a USGS website. There was no tsunami generated, the Pacific Warning Center said. USGS said significant damage to buildings or structures was not expected.

The USGS “Did you feel it?” site (earthquake.usgs.gov/ dyfi/) received more than 260 reports within the first hour of the earthquake.

The earthquake had no apparent effect at Kilauea, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismic Network Manager Brian Shiro.

“We see no detectable changes in volcanic activity at the summit or along the rift zones of Kilauea as a result of this earthquake,” he said. “Aftershocks are possible and could be felt.”

Kilauea’s south flank has been the site of 16 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater during the past 40 years. Most are caused by abrupt motion of the volcano’s south flank, which moves to the southeast over the oceanic crust.

The location, depth, and waveforms recorded as part of Wednesday’s earthquake are consistent with slippage along the south flank fault, USGS said.

For information on recent earthquakes in Hawaii and eruption updates, visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at volcanoes.

usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/.

COMMENTS