4.5 earthquake hits Hawaii island, no tsunami generated

4.5 earthquake hits Hawaii island, no tsunami generated

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HAMAKUA COAST (HawaiiNewsNow) - An earthquake on the Big Island triggered an alert over the airwaves. It said the quake did not generate a tsunami, but the alert did cause a little bit of a mix-up.

Tsunami? Or no tsunami?

To some, the bulletin the National Weather Service broadcast wasn't clear.

On Hawaii News Now's Twitter page, comments included 'Seen the crawl but the audio was poor'. Another tweet said 'There was just a voice over with a lot of audio dropout'.

The Hawaii Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it received some calls from people asking whether a warning was up or not.

The center says the audio bulletin is standard procedure.

The National Weather Service issues it when a quake with a magnitude 5.0 or above hits.

"We just felt two jolts over here, but it was strong enough that you could feel it, but we live in a five-story cement concrete apartment complex, shored up with steel beams, so if it shook this place, somewhere decent enough where you could feel it," said Kawika Johnson, a Hilo resident.

The quake shook the Hamakua coast area around 6:30 p.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey's 'Did You Feel It' map shows the areas that felt it most were Kamuela, Kailua Kona and Hilo.

The U.S.G.S. says the quake was a magnitude 4.5.

But the preliminary magnitude measured by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was 5.0.

The last time a quake that size hit was April of 2009, when a magnitude 5.2 rattled the Hilina region on the Big Island.

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