USGS stories 6.2 magnitude earthquakes south of Island of Hawaii; no tsunami risk

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The United States Geological Survey said a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck south of the island of Hawaii on Sunday.

There is no danger of a tsunami.

According to the USGS, the quake occurred at 11:48 a.m., about 17 miles south-southeast of Naalehu.

People all over the island of Hawaii and even as far as Kauai felt the tremors. A USGS “Did You Feel It” card showed some reports from the Garden Isle of weak to mild tremors.

There have been several reports of moderate to severe tremors in the South Kona and Kau counties of the Island of Hawaii.

“I stood out here and watched everyone get in and it felt like a wave under my feet and I felt it twice,” said Angela Reich, a Hawaii Airlines representative at Kona International Airport.

Residents from Waikiki and western Oahu also felt the quake.

“In Waianae I felt a little tremor,” wrote Megg Ryan on Facebook.

Officials said the earthquake did not affect the Kilauea eruption.

“Webcams and other data streams show no effects on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea, with the exception of a few small rockfalls that were reported in Halemaumau crater,” said Ken Hon, senior scientist at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

USGS said the quake was about 22 miles deep.

Almost immediately after the first earthquake, at least six aftershocks were reported. The strongest was a 4.3 magnitude quake that occurred just five minutes after the first quake.

There are currently no reports of damage.

This story will be updated.

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