Kilauea volcano hit by mag-4.5 earthquake – Hawaii on yellow alert over eruption swarm

Kīlauea Caldera: Dome fountain formed at lava lake inlet

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An earthquake has struck Hawaii’s Big Island, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS). The centre recorded a magnitude 4.5 earthquake beneath the south flank of the island. Hundreds of people reported feeling the ground shake in the area.

In a statement, the HVO said it did not expect “significant” damage.

The HVO said: “Moderate shaking, with maximum Intensity of V on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, has been reported across parts of the Island of Hawai‘i.

“At that intensity, significant damage to buildings or structures is not expected.

“The USGS ‘Did you feel it?’ service received over 350 felt reports within the first hour of the earthquake.”

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