No tsunami reported after 4.9 magnitude quake shakes Big Island - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

No tsunami reported after 4.9 magnitude quake shakes Big Island

Red square marks epicenter of earthquake. Courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Red square marks epicenter of earthquake. Courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Michelle Haseltine Michelle Haseltine
Keska Dwight Keska Dwight

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocked the Big Island Saturday morning. It didn't generate a tsunami, but people on Maui and Oahu reported feeling it as well.

The temblor struck at 10:47 AM with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4. But seismologists revised that figure after they reviewed the data and determined that it was stronger.

The US Geological Survey says the epicenter of the quake was located less than a mile west of Honomu and 10 miles north-northwest of Hilo at a depth of 27 miles.

The seism combined with wet weather may have caused a tree to fall and a landslide to occur on Onomea Scenic Drive outside Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Road crews spent the day cleaning up the mess.

"We were going really slow because it was pouring rain," Keska Dwight, witness, said. "Basically the whole side of the dry right there started to shift. Just really slowly, right in front of us, the whole slide just happened right in front of us. Everyone was ahh."

"I was with my mom. She thought she had just shaken the table at the market, so she didn't realize that it was an earthquake," Michelle Haseltine, visitor from California, said.

There was also a rockslide on Highway 190 at Honomu Junction.

The USGS says its web site received more than 600 responses from those saying they felt the temblor. People in Makawao and Wailuku on Maui, as well as Kailua and Honolulu on Oahu, reported feeling the jolt.

The USGS says earthquakes are common in that area. Since 1960, there have been six magnitude 4.0 or greater events in that region.

None of the earthquakes had any noticeable effect on the continuing eruption of Kilauea Volcano, nor did they produce any detectable changes at Mauna Loa Volcano, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

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