M-4.2 earthquake felt in West Hawaii

The west side of the Big Island was hit with a magnitude-4.2 earthquake at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The earthquake was located 45 miles west-northwest of Kalaoa at a depth of 0.6 miles. The USGS “Did you feel it?” website (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/) received over 75 felt reports within the first hour of the earthquake.

“The earthquake was likely due to readjustment of the oceanic plate from the weight of the island chain and poses no significant hazard. The earthquake had no apparent effect on either Mauna Loa or Kīlauea and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that no tsunami was generated by the earthquake,” said HVO Scientist-in-Charge Ken Hon.

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