(BIVN) – A magnitude-4.1 earthquake located southwest of Volcano shook the island of Hawaiʻi on Saturday afternoon.
The quake occurred at 4:27 p.m. HST, about 10 miles southwest of Volcano, in the Kaʻū Desert within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The earthquake was measured at a depth of 27.5 km (17 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which initially reported the earthquake as a magnitude-4.0, said the event did not generate a tsunami, although some areas may have experienced shaking.
The USGS interactive earthquake map shows a number of earthquakes of slightly lower magnitude and roughly the same depth occurring in the same area, likely to be aftershocks.
UPDATE – (5:40 pm.) – The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in an information statement that the earthquake had no apparent impact on either Mauna Loa or Kīlauea volcanoes.
From the USGS HVO:
The earthquake is of uncertain origin, but most likely due to bending of the lithosphere beneath Kīlauea volcano. The location just to the northeast of Mauna iki is too far north to be related to Pahala earthquakes and its depth is well below the magma plumbing system within Kīlauea in this region. These earthquakes are not related to the recent activity south and west of Kīlauea and are not expected to lead to any significant changes.
Officials noted that no damage to buildings or infrastructure was expected based on the intensity of the earthquake.