Latest on Hawaii earthquake damages

Latest on Hawaii earthquake damages

About a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck south of Big Isle, and no tsunami threat was recorded in the latest Hawaii earthquake.

The latest Hawaii earthquake in the South of Big Isle has so far not shown any tsunami threat says the National Weather Service, NWS in Honolulu.

The NWS in Honolulu said that there was no tsunami threat after a resultant 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Hawaii island on Sunday.

It was gathered that strong shaking was recorded throughout the island and across most of the main islands.

According to a survey by the US Geologic Survey, residents in Oahu reported feeling the tremor.

The USGS recorded more than 1,300 reports of the same shaking by residents within one hour of the earthquake occurred in the “Did you feel it?” online survey.

The initial quake was followed by a magnitude 4.3 temblor in the same area and at least five other aftershocks 2.5 or greater.

“At 11:49 a.m. on Sunday, the first earthquake struck,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The USGS said that it was centred 22 miles deep, and about 17 miles south-southeast of Naalehu and 64 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona.

After an initial release of the USGS placed the quake’s magnitude at 6.1, they later raised the numbers to 6.2.

The scientist-in-charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Ken Hon, said that the Hawaii earthquake is not related to the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.
So far, webcams and other data streams showed that the eruption had no major impacts except for a few minor rockfalls that were reported within the Halemaumau crater.

Looking at how deep the epicentre is, Ken Hon made it known that the Hawaii earthquake could be related to the bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian island chain.

This has always been a common origin of earthquakes in the area.

According to Ken Hon, it also helps to explain why it was felt so far and wide.

The largest aftershock occurred about three miles north of the magnitude-6.2 earthquake at a depth of 22 miles. Other aftershocks are possible, officials said.

The 6.9 quake was the highest earthquake to strike Hawaii since May 4th, 2018. This quake heralded the initial phases of the destructive three-month-long East Rift Zone eruption.

According to USGS, while Hawaii County Civil Defense on Sunday afternoon said it received no reports of damage, the intensity of the recorded shaking could have resulted in “very slight damage to buildings or (poorly constructed) structures.

From Big Island, Maui and Oahu, the “Did you feel it?” self-reported online survey recorded a lot of immediate responses.

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