(BIVN) – A Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, located nearly 50 Miles offshore of Hawaii to the south southwest, did not generate a tsunami, emergency officials say, although Island residents may have have experienced some shaking.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the statement at 9:15 a.m.
The earthquake was recorded at 9:07 a.m.
“As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of after shocks,” Hawaii County Civil Defense stared in a message. “If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connection of gas, water, and electricity.”
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.) – The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued this media release:
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded an offshore magnitude-4.6 earthquake southwest the Island of Hawai‘i on Thursday, February 7, at 9:07 a.m., HST.
The earthquake was centered about 84 km (52 miles) southwest of Ka Lae (South Point) at a depth of 27 km (17 mi). A map showing its location is posted on the HVO website.
Light shaking, with maximum Intensity of IV, has been reported across the Islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. At that intensity, damage to buildings or structures is not expected. The USGS “Did you feel it?” service received over 90 felt reports within two hours of the earthquake.
The depth, location, and recorded seismic waves of the earthquake suggest a source due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian island chain, a common source for earthquakes in this area. Aftershocks are possible and could be felt.
The earthquake caused no detectable changes to Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes on the Island of Hawai‘i. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.