6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii

The 11th of October (UPI) — Officials reported shaking across Hawaii’s Big Island after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the island’s south coast.

The earthquake struck 17 miles south-southeast of Naalehu, Hawaii, at 11:53 a.m., causing “strong shaking” throughout the Hawaiian islands, though only “very minor damage” to buildings or structures may have occurred.

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“The depth, location, and recorded seismic waves of the earthquake point to 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,” the report said.

The earthquake occurred less than two weeks after the island’s Kilauea volcano began to erupt.

The temblor had no discernible impact on the Kilauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes, according to HVO scientist-in-charge Ken Hon.

“With the exception of a few minor rockfalls reported within Halemaumau crater, webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea,” Hon said. “Please keep in mind that additional aftershocks are possible and may be felt.”

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no risk of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake.

According to the Hawaii Department of Transportation, airports, harbors, highways, and bridges have all been inspected and no damage has been reported.