USGS HVO Press Release — Magnitude-4.5 Earthquake Felt Island-Wide

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A light earthquake of magnitude-4.5 (preliminary) was recorded by the seismographic network at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Tuesday, November 29.

The earthquake occurred at 10:26 p.m. HST and was centered about 7 km (4 miles) south of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō or about 6 km (4 miles) north of Ka‘ena Point at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). It was reported felt across much of the island of Hawai‘i. No reports of damage have been received at this time.

The magnitude-4.5 quake occurred in an area just north of Pulama pali and west of the current flow field, where there has typically been up to two events of magnitude-4, on average, each year for the last 25 years.

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the November 29, 1975, magnitude-7.2 Kalapana earthquake whose epicenter was located 10 km to the east of yesterday's earthquake. The earthquake generated a local tsunamithat killed 2 campers and caused $1.4 million (1975 dollars) in damage.

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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