USGS HVO Press Release - A Magnitude-4.7 earthquake and aftershocks strike Kīlauea summit

Release Date:

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on May 24, 2007 at 9:13 a.m. HST.

It was located beneath the upper east rift zone of Kīlauea volcano, near Puhimau crater, at a depth of 2 km (1 mile). A magnitude 4.1 aftershock occurred at 9:33 a.m. and was located 1.5 km (1 mile) farther downrift beneath Koko‘olau crater. These earthquakes are the largest so far in a flurry of earthquake in the upper east and southwest rift zones that started May 12, 2007. The earthquake flurry has not been accompanied by any unusual swelling of the summit or other signs of unusual summit activity. HVO is watching the situation closely.

Since 1998, a few earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 4.0 have occurred at shallow depths beneath the upper east rift zone. Today's event was the largest in at least the last 50 years.

Daily updates about ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, maps, and data about recent earthquakes in Hawaii are posted on the HVO website at

USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit, and follow us on Twitter @USGS and our other social media channels

Subscribe to our news releases via RSS, or Twitter

Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.