No tsunami threat after 4.6 magnitude earthquake in Pahala on Big Island

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 was detected in the Pahala area around 8:37 p.m. on the Big Island.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

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According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), the earthquake was centered approximately eight km or five miles east-northeast of Pahala. There were also over 210 reports of people in the area who felt the earthquake within the first hour.

HVO scientists said the earthquake was likely not related to the Kilauea eruption, and instead, it may have been caused by an “up-welling of magma” underground. They also said the magma is constantly moving under the Big Island, and it does not mean people can expect another eruption or that the Halema’uma’u eruption will spill over.

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