Two strong earthquakes struck south of Hawaii’s Big Island on Sunday. Weirdly, the USGS homepage only lists and shows one!
The first earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.1, shook the island around noon, landing about 17 miles south of the southern tip of the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
A second earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.2, struck about 20 minutes later in the same area.
Almost 2,000 residents reported feeling the earthquake to the USGS. Honolulu’s National Weather Service said there is no tsunami threat from the quakes.
Here some reports:
Not the biggest I have been through; intense shaking in the middle of it..no sound of breaking glass..it just m reminds us how small we really are…ultimately humbling.
The whole house rumbled it scared the dog LOL.
Enough to move me horizontal in my chair, physically noticed objects move. Lasted about 5 seconds then could feel light aftershocks for 5 to 10 seconds more.
I was outside when I heard the rumbles and got shaken enough to lose my balance momentarily. My geese honked and ran. The cat is gone. Items fell down in the house, pictures became crooked.
Inside house. Walls shook. Fish tank needed to be held. Heard things in house “rumble”.
Strong sudden shake in ţall post home second floor. My vision followed the distinct house movement. Posts and house creaked. Trees shuddered. Water sloshing out of catchment tank. Back and forth motion at least 6 times. Biggest eq I’ve ever felt.
Historical earthquakes in the area
Within the past century, there have been 15 other earthquakes with a magnitude of six or above within 62 miles of the Oct. 10 quake.
No injuries have been reported, but the quakes were strong enough to cause items to fall off shelves.
Any link to Kilauea volcanic eruption?
The earthquakes come after Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, one of the most active on Earth, erupted again last month, forming lava fountains and sending smoke billowing from the crater at its summit.
The eruption at the Halemaumau crater appeared to be contained within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and posed no threat to homes in the area, USGS officials said.
Ken Hon, a scientist-in-charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, explained that the earthquake is not linked to the Kilauea volcano eruption. [USA Today]
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