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4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Hawaii Island; no impact on Kilauea volcano

The USGS reported a 4.6-magnitude earthquake on Hawaii Island on Tuesday evening.
The USGS reported a 4.6-magnitude earthquake on Hawaii Island on Tuesday evening.(USGS)
Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 9:05 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 9:55 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A portion of Hawaii Island was rocked by a 4.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday evening.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake happened at around 8:35 p.m. about 8 kilometers from Pahala.

There is no tsunami threat.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the earthquake had no observable impact on Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

“This earthquake is part of the ongoing seismic swarm under the Pahala area, which started in August 2019,” said HVO scientist-in-charge, Ken Hon. “Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea.”

HVO said it continues to monitor the volcanoes for any changes. The alert levels remain at “watch/orange” for Kilauea and “advisory/yellow” for Mauna Loa.

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Hundreds of residents in the surrounding areas said they felt the quake, according to the USGS.

Following the quake there were two aftershocks reported, a 3.6-magnitude quake and the other was a magnitude 2.5.

There has been no word on any damage following the earthquakes.

This story may be updated.

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