No tsunami threat after 4.2 magnitude quake strikes south of Big Island

No tsunami threat after 4.2 magnitude quake strikes south of Big Island
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck south of Hawaii Island on Thursday morning, but it did not generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake, which happened around 4:35 a.m., was centered about 35 miles south-southeast of Pahala, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the earthquake was about 6 miles south of the summit of Loihi Seamount, but it does not appear to be associated with the submarine volcano.

"The earthquake was most likely due to bending of the Earth’s crust under the weight of Hawaii Island,” said Brian Shiro, HVO’s seismic network manager.

The earthquake also had no apparent effect on Kilauea or Mauna Loa, HVO officials added.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

This story will be updated.

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