Minor Earthquake Reported North of Big Island

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The United States Geological Survey reports that a minor 3.3 earthquake hit off the north coast of the Big Island about 5:50 a.m. this morning.  Although minor tremors are very common in the Hawaii Region with several happening daily, today's shake was a bit unusual due to its location.

At about 6 miles off Waipio Bay, that side of the Big Island see much less activity than the Kailua-Kona side which just two days ago got a moderate 5.0 jolt.   And the much more serious 6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes from October 15th that caused more than $200 million in damages.

This morning's 3.3 quake created no tsunami threat and a representative from the USGS said that such minor tremors are extremely unlikely to generate dangerous wave conditions.