The Big Island of Hawaii was hit by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed.
While Friday's quake, which occurred just 1.25 miles from Nālihu, Hawaii, was initially reported to have a magnitude of 6.3, the USGS later downgraded it to a magnitude 5.7 quake.
“On Friday, February 9, at 10:06 a.m. GMT, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) southwest of Pahala on the island of Hawaii at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles) below sea level.” The US Geological Survey confirmed in a statement. “The earthquake had no apparent impact on the Mauna Loa or Kilauea volcanoes. Several aftershocks were felt and are expected to continue. This earthquake was likely related to flexure of the lithosphere caused by the weight of the Hawaiian Islands on the oceanic lithosphere.”
The US Geological Survey indicated that the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is monitoring the state's volcanoes in light of the recent earthquake. The organization also stated that aftershocks caused by the earthquake may last for days or even weeks.
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Several Hawaii residents from the surrounding area shared their experiences with the earthquake with the news outlet, Khun 2 reported. A Hilo resident told Khun 2 that Friday's earthquake was “huge.”
“It just kept going. 'You know, when I was on location in your house, it actually felt like the house was about to collapse,' said Discovery Harbor resident Christine Caihoia. 'It was very powerful.'
Political journalist Brian Krasenstein shared a video said to have been taken during Friday's earthquake in Hawaii. He noted that the video shows how “scary” the earthquake was for Hawaii residents.
This is said to be a video from the earthquake that just struck Hawaii. Nothing against this father, but I'm pretty sure I would have made sure the kid was in front of me.
Scary for sure. pic.twitter.com/uIjJf4KeZb
— Brian Krassenstein (@Krassenstein) February 9, 2024
According to KHON 2, Hawaii County officials reported that more than 300 residents lost power on Friday and emergency crews responded to minor landslides caused by earthquake tremors. Additionally, Khun 2 reported, Kealakehe Middle and Konawaena High Schools were forced to relocate on Friday.
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