(BIVN) – A Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled Hawaii Island at 5:09 p.m. HST.
The quake occurred 6.6 miles northwest of Puʻuanahulu on the west side of the island, the USGS reports, at a depth of 13.2 km (revised). The event was reportedly felt by hundreds, as far away as Oahu.
UPDATE: Hawaii County Civil Defense says there is no tsunami threat from the earthquake.
UPDATE: Reports throughout the island report damage along some roadways, Civil Defense reported after 6 p.m.
UPDATE: According to Civil Defense, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports no activity or change in status of the volcanoes on Hawaii Island.
Emergency officials say you should take the following precautions following this earthquake:
- Check utility connections such as electric, gas and water for damage and shut off main if damage is observed or suspected.
- Debris maybe in roadways drive with caution.
Authorities have responded to the following reports:
- Large boulder on Highway 19-Queen Kaahumanu at the Hapuna Junction
- Rock fall Highway 11 near mile 100 and 110.
- HELCO crews are working on restoring power to the Waikoloa area.
UPDATE: “Three aftershocks were recorded within an hour of the earthquake, including a magnitude-3.0 event approximately 11 minutes following the mainshock,” USGS said. “Additional aftershocks are expected.”
The earthquake has caused no detectable changes in activity at Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, USGS reported. “Although the earthquake occurred under the east margin of Hualālai volcano, there is no indication at this time that the event is related to volcanic activity,” said geophysicist Brian Shiro, HVO’s seismic network manager. “The location and depth of this event suggest it is likely related to flexure or settling of the crust beneath the weight of the island.”
UPDATE: The Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company reported, via Twitter, that power has been restored to all customers in the Paniolo Drive / Waikoloa area, previously reported to be ~3,300 customers without power.
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