M-4.2 tem­blor jolts is­lands


West Hawaii Today - - Opinion -

KAILUA-KONA —A mag­ni­tude- 4.2 earthquake in the Alenuihaha Chan­nel be­tween the Big Is­land and Maui early Sun­day was felt as far away as east Oahu.

More than 200 re­ports of hav­ing felt the tem­blor, which struck at 2:01 a.m.., had been re­ceived by the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey as of Sun­day af­ter­noon. The re­ports of light shak­ing came from peo­ple across the state, from Hilo to Honolulu and Kailua, Oahu. The ma­jor­ity of the re­ports came from Makawao, Maui (35); Waimea (30); and Kula, Maui (26).

Ac­cord­ing the USGS Hawai­ian Vol­ca­noes Ob­ser­va­tory, the earthquake was cen­tered in the Alenuihaha Chan­nel, about 16 miles south­east of Kaupo, Maui, and 21 miles north­west of Hawi. It had a reg­is­tered depth of 11 miles.

HVO Seis­mic Network Man­ager Brian Shiro said the earthquake was likely due to bend­ing of the oceanic plate from the weight of the is­land and poses no sig­nif­i­cant haz­ard. The Pa­cific Tsunami Warn­ing Cen­ter re­ported that no tsunami was gen­er­ated by the earthquake, which also had no ap­par­ent ef­fect on Ki­lauea Vol­cano’s on­go­ing erup­tions.

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