Hawaii earthquakes MAPPED: 4.3 quake adds to recent disasters

Drone footage shows new eruption at Kīlauea's summit

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Staff from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude of 4.3 this morning. The first tremors shook Big Island at 1.13am local time, eight kilometres to the east of Pahala. Today’s earthquake is the most recent to shake the area, which is dominated by two active volcanoes.

Both volcanoes were safe, however, and no-one was hurt in the aftermath.

Ken Hon, HVO Scientist-in-Charge, said it was part of an “ongoing seismic swarm”.

He said: “This earthquake is part of the ongoing seismic swarm under the Pāhala area, which started in August 2019. 

“Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea.”

That ongoing swarm has captured Hawaii’s Big Island for years, and has triggered consistent activity in the first few days of 2022. 

So far, monitoring stations on the island have tracked seven earthquakes during the new year. 

These ranged between the lowest magnitude of 2.6 and today’s, which clocked in as the highest so far. 

While startling on the surface, the process is part of living life on the Pacific island chain. 

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