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USGS HVO Press Release
2017-06-21 Press Link

Magnitude-4.5 earthquake southeast of Hawaiian Ocean View, Hawai‘i


The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.5 offshore earthquake located southeast of Hawaiian Ocean View, Island of Hawai‘i, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 10:09 a.m. HST.

The earthquake was located about 26 km (16 miles) southeast of Hawaiian Ocean View at a depth of 38 km (24 mi). A map showing the location of the earthquake is posted on HVO's website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/.

The USGS "Did you feel it?" website (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/) received over 150 felt reports within the first 30 minutes of the earthquake. The maximum intensity of shaking reported by Island of Hawai‘i residents was IV on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, indicating light shaking.

According to HVO Seismic Network Manager Brian Shiro, the deep earthquake was due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the island and poses no significant hazard. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported that no tsunami was generated by the earthquake, which had no apparent effect on Kīlauea Volcano's ongoing eruptions.

For more information on recent earthquakes in Hawaii and eruption updates, visit the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/.


Daily updates about ongoing eruptions, recent images and videos of summit and East Rift Zone volcanic activity, maps, and data about recent earthquakes in Hawaii are posted on the HVO website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo.

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