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No tsunami threat after 5.3 quake strikes near Kilauea summit

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook parts of the Big Island early Monday (Image: PTWC) A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook parts of the Big Island early Monday (Image: PTWC)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 5.3-magnitude struck near the summit of Kilauea on Monday morning, but there was no tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 5.4, happened at approximately 4:45 a.m., and was associated with an explosive eruption at the summit.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the eruption was similar to previous explosions at the summit that have sent ash plumes reaching up to 10,000 feet above sea level. 

Officials say nearby communities could be affected by ashfall. 

This is just one of thousands of earthquakes to rattle the region over the past month as eruptions continue at Kilauea

This story will be updated.

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