USGS HVO Press Release - Earthquake Felt Island-Wide

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An earthquake shook the entire Island of Hawai‘i at about 0547 this morning. 

The earthquake had an preliminary estimated magnitude of 5.3–5.5 and took place within the south flank of Kīlauea, about 6 miles south-southeast of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, at a depth of about 4.5 miles. The earthquake was felt throughout the island, but minor damage—broken glass, cracked cement floors—was reported only in the southeastern part of the island. The earthquake was located in the same area as the much larger, 7.1-magnitude earthquake (the Kalapana earthquake) of November 29, 1975. The earthquake caused no observable change in the ongoing eruption at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

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

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