HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 5.1-magnitude shook Hawaii Island on Friday morning (Registeed a 7.0 by the DYFI and 7.0 on the Shakemap), causing minor property damage in some areas and triggering a series of aftershocks that officials say could continue for days.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the larger quake came just 24 seconds before a 4.6-magnitude quake.
Both were centered south of Pahala ― near the southeastern flank of Mauna Loa ― with the larger one at a depth of 4.6 miles. Hundreds of people as far away as Oahu reported feeling the temblors.
And in Pahala, authorities confirmed some minor damage, including groceries knocked from shelves.
The two larger quakes triggered a series of aftershocks, most of which have been small.
The biggest came in at a magnitude-4.0, and officials warned they could continue for days and possibly weeks.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists said the tremors appear to be related to readjustments along the southeast flank of Mauna Loa, and come as authorities have been monitoring increased seismic activity.
“There has been no immediate effect on the continuing unrest beneath Mauna Loa summit, which remains elevated at levels similar to the past week,” HVO said.
“On several occasions, large earthquakes have preceded past eruptions of Mauna Loa, though these have typically been larger than today’s earthquakes. It is not known at this time if this sequence of earthquakes is directly related to the ongoing unrest on Mauna Loa.”
Last week, the elevated seismic activity prompted the precautionary closure of Mauna Loa summit backcountry. HVO said the area would be closed until further notice.
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