More than 55 shallow earthquakes hit near Kilauea volcano possibly triggered by magmatic processes on Big Island, Hawaii

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An earthquake swarm has started rattling Kilauea and it area on October 23, 2020. Red dots represent the latest 57 earthquakes to date. Picture: Google Maps

A swarm of small shallow earthquakes has been occurring today in an area 2-3 miles northwest of the summit caldera, near the Highway 11.

So far, almost 60 quakes of magnitudes between 1.7 and 3.0 have been recorded by USGS, at shallow depths mostly around 0.8-3.9 km (0.5-2.4 miles).

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The shallow earthquakes hit in an area 2-3 miles northwest of the summit caldera. Picture via USGS

The largest tremor, a magnitude 3.0 quake 9 Km WSW at 1.43 am local time, was felt by some residents of Volcano village.

Whether the quakes are related to magmatic processes or are purely tectonic in origin is unclear. USGS has not yet commented on the events.

Meanwhile another earthquake swarm is currently rattling Iceland:

Do you think the Kilauea volcano is about to erupt again? More earthquake news on HVO, USGS, Volcano Discovery, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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