Rare M5.3 earthquake hits Big Island in Hawaii

A noteworthy earthquake struck Hawaii yesterday. The M5.3 earthquake hit near Volcano, Big Island on June 8, 2017.

The earthquake record since 1823 shows that each year the State of Hawaii averages about 100 magnitude-3 (M3) or greater earthquakes, ten M4 or greater earthquakes, and ONLY ONE M5 or greater earthquake.

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A rare M5.3 earthquake hit Big Island in Hawaii on June 8, 2017. via USGS

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near Volcano, Hawaii on June 8, 2017.

The quake hit at 7:01 AM local time at a depth of 8 kilometers. It was 27 miles south of Hilo and 15 miles southwest of Hawaiian Paradise Park.

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The table below shows how many days you can expect between events of each magnitude range. via USGS

About 1,000 people reported feeling shaking or hearing earthquake booms on the USGS page. The shake map shows an intensity of VII with moderate potential damage.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake.

Does Hawaii’s M5.3 earthquake suggest a major, imminent eruption of one of Big Island’s volcanoes?

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