4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Big Island

4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Big Island

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled the Big Island on Sunday morning.

The quake occurred about 6:43 a.m., and was centered about nine miles southeast of Waikoloa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS said the quake had a depth of 20 miles.

Hundreds of residents reported feeling the temblor, including some people as far away from the earthquake's epicenter as Waianae and Pearl City.

The highest number of "felt reports" made to the USGS were on the Big Island and Maui. Residents said they experienced moderate shaking.

Waikoloa Village resident Lynne Williams said she was awoken by the quake.

"It was a pretty good shaker!" she said.

The temblor did not generate a tsunami, and no was damage was immediately reported.

In the last 25 years, four earthquakes (including Sunday's event) have happened n the northern half of the Big Island with a magnitude greater than 4.0 and a depth greater than 12 miles, the USGS said.

The geological survey said deep earthquakes in the region are most likely caused by structural adjustments within the earth's crust due to the weight of the overlying volcanoes.

As of 8 a.m., no aftershocks from the quake have been reported. But the USGS warned additional small earthquakes could occur.

The temblor did not affect Kilauea volcano's ongoing eruption, the USGS said.

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