USGS HVO Press Release — Magnitude-4.4 Earthquake Occurs near Kaho‘olawe Island

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An earthquake of magnitude-4.4 (preliminary) was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on July 27, 10:03 A.M. HST.

The earthquake was located about 20 km (12 miles) southeast of Kaho‘olawe. The earthquake was 31 km (19 miles) deep, which is near the base of the Earth's crust. The earthquake was widely felt on islands in the state of Hawai‘i, including O‘ahu, Lāna‘i, Maui, and the northern half of the Big Island.

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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