5.3 earthquake shakes Hawaii Island

USGS map showing where the earthquake was located

USGS map showing where the earthquake was located

by David Corrigan

This article has been updated to reflect the latest magnitude numbers as determined by USGS scientists

HILO, Hawaii – East Hawaii was shaken after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Big Island. The United States Geological Survey later upgraded the quake to a magnitude 5.6, before being lowered back to a 5.3.

The USGS centered the earthquake in the Pacific Ocean, 33 miles southeast of Pahala in the southern Ka’u district.

Emergency officials say no tsunami was generated.

The temblor was felt across Hawaii Island. The quake shook homes in Hilo for a few moments before settling down. The incident sent local users of social media chattering away, describing how and where they felt the quake.



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