USGS: Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits Hawaii
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck the Big Island of Hawaii.
On Friday (May 04, 2018), a powerful tremor measuring magnitude 6.9 jolts hits Hawaii followed by numerous aftershocks including a magnitude 5.4 quake amid ongoing volcanic eruption.
The USGS data shows that the strong quake was located 16 kilometers of Leilani Estates, Hawaii with a depth of 5 kilometers.
The Hawaii quake’s severity has been upgraded to magnitude 6.9 on the Ritcher scale an hour after it was recorded.
The National Weather Service said that the tremor was felt on the south flank of Kilauea Volcano around 12:33 on their local time and followed by several aftershocks.
The volcano eruptions continue but there is tsunami warning has been issued yet after the powerful tremor.
The Civil Defense of Hawaii County has also urged the residents to evacuate immediately and stay away from the area due to the volcanic eruption.
“All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision are ordered to evacuate immediately. No one is allowed into the area. Do not attempt to return to your home at this time,” the authorities said.
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