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USGS HVO Press Release
2019-04-27 Press Link

Magnitude-4.2 earthquake southeast of Volcano, Hawai‘i


The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-4.2 earthquake on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 5:26 p.m. HST.

The earthquake was located about 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Volcano on the Island of Hawai‘i at a depth of 6 km (about 4 mi). This earthquake is part of the continuing adjustments beneath the south flank of Kīlauea following the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that occurred on May 4, 2018.

Twenty seconds before the magnitude-4.2 earthquake, a magnitude-1.6 quake occurred deep beneath Kīlauea Volcano's Southwest Rift Zone, causing some initial confusion about the larger earthquake's location.

A map showing the location of both earthquakes is posted on HVO's website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/hvo_earthquakes.html. More details about the magnitude-4.2 earthquake are available at the National Earthquake Information Center website at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv70927626/.

Weak to light shaking, with a maximum Intensity of IV on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, has been reported primarily in East Hawai‘i, with a few reports from West Hawai‘i. The USGS "Did you feel it?" service (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/) received over 100 felt reports within an hour of the magnitude-4.2 earthquake.

The earthquakes have caused no detectable changes in activity at either Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) no tsunami was generated by the earthquake.

For more information on recent earthquakes in Hawai‘i 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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