Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in Hawaii, USA

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this state can be found at the bottom of this page.

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TSU - means that a tsunami were triggered - VOL - means volcanic origin earthquakes


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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Pahala, Hawaii Oct 23 21:58 2.6 12 MAP I Felt It
USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 21 10:01 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It
  • Pahoa, Hawaii - No damage
  • Volcano - No damage just woke me up out of a deep sleep At about 3 AM
  • EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Oct 21 10:01 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 20 16:27 2.8 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii Oct 19 22:09 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 18 04:25 2.7 47 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lana'i City, Hawaii Oct 16 17:51 4.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hawaiian Islands Region Oct 16 17:51 4.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lana'i City, Hawaii Oct 16 17:51 4.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 15 06:36 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It
  • Mountain View - Light shaking
  • EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Oct 15 06:36 3.4 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Oct 14 07:46 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 12 18:36 2.6 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 12 18:36 2.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Oct 12 01:29 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Oct 11 13:28 2.8 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hana, Hawaii Oct 10 10:52 2.9 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Fern Acres, Hawaii Oct 07 19:57 2.5 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 07 11:52 2.7 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kahaluu-keauhou, Hawaii Oct 06 08:41 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Honoka'a, Hawaii Oct 04 06:24 2.5 34 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Oct 03 18:24 2.6 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Honoka'a, Hawaii Oct 03 14:25 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Honaunau-napoopoo, Hawaii Oct 02 12:55 2.5 1 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kalaoa, Hawaii Oct 01 03:50 2.8 15 MAP I Felt It
  • Kailua Kona, Hawaii - Light shaking
  • EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Sep 30 20:33 3.3 36 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 30 20:33 3.3 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pepeekeo, Hawaii Sep 29 11:58 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Sep 26 18:21 3.3 9 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Sep 26 18:21 3.2 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 24 15:52 2.6 47 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Sep 24 12:44 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Sep 24 10:17 2.7 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Honaunau-napoopoo, Hawaii Sep 23 17:54 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 22 06:24 2.5 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 21 21:36 2.5 54 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii Sep 20 20:07 2.5 39 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Sep 20 08:15 2.6 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Honaunau-napoopoo, Hawaii Sep 17 09:47 2.5 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kaneohe Station, Hawaii Sep 16 06:40 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kailua - Weak shaking
  • Kaneohe - We heard a boom and the house vibrated and windows rattled.
  • Kahaluu - Thought it was an explosion. It was like a short rumble/boom.
  • kaneohe - We heard a boom and felt a tremor for a couple of seconds around 8:30PM on 9/15/2017.
  • Kailua - 2 seconds 3 max
  • Kaneohe - Saw all the plants shaking in garage. Lasted about 2-3 seconds. Sept. 15, 2017 @ 8:45 pm. No damage.
  • Kahaluu - A brief jolt.
  • Kailua - 2 mins of shaking
  • Kailua - Light shaking
  • Manoa - House shook for about 3 seconds in Manoa
  • KAHALUU - Felt a ground shake that lasted 2-3 seconds, didn't seem as if there was any damage.
  • Kaneohe - Weak shaking
  • Kailua - Felt a boom then experienced shaking for about 3 secs.
  • Kaneohe - I heard a rumbling sound before the house started shaking. It lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Pearl Harbor - Weak shaking
  • KANEOHE - Heard a rumbling sound for about 5 seconds and thought it was a truck. Then felt chair thump and house shook for a couple of seconds
  • Kailua, HI - Light shaking
  • Hawaii Kai - Large noise and vibration made me go outside to figure what it was.
  • Kailua - Light shaking
  • Kaneohe - Initially thought a plane went down at the Marine base. Concussive boom followed by shockwave that shook our 3 story concrete apartment building for about 3 seconds.
  • Kaneohe - Heard a boom as though someone dropped something very heavy upstairs from us. The house shook for a second.
  • KAILUA - Felt like a big heavy truck passing by shaking the floor for about 3seconds...
  • Kilauea, Hi 96754 - Very brief. Actually felt it on kauai. I'm on the third floor of my house. Heard the wall crack and then the flor shook slightly.
  • Kailua - Moderate shaking
  • Kaneohe - Very short, I thought it was an explosion or a collapse of a building. More noise than shaking, but certainly a jolt.
  • Kailua, Hi - Light shaking
  • Mcbh - Light shaking
  • Kaneohe - It lasted about 30 seconds - family is on MCBH
  • Kaneohe/Ahumanu - Heard a very loud boom followed by intense shaking of home, felt as if something landed on or flew directly over the roof, wondered if it was a sonic boom, an explosion, or earthquake at the time. No damage seen so far.
  • Kaneohe - I felt the earthquake was rather strong, but it was extremely short in duration - maybe just a second or two.
  • Kailua - Weak 2 sec shake directly followed by stronger shake of 3 sec. We're on third floor of 4 floor Bldg.
  • Kailua - Felt big boom and then building shook laterally for 2-3 seconds.
  • Kailua - Didn't notice it. Thought it was just military exercises.
  • Kaneohe - Moderate shaking
  • Honolulu - I was sitting on the sofa and felt the house rumble at exactly 8:40 pm. It lasted about 10 seconds. Asked my husband if he felt it, he was in the next room and did not feel it. I immediately checked the earthquake website but it hadn't been reported yet. I live an 50 miles away from the Kaneohe, Oahu earthquake from 9/15/17.
  • MCBH - No property damage. Lasted about 15 seconds. Felt like artillery near by.
  • EMSC Oahu Region, Hawaii Sep 16 06:40 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 15 01:45 3.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kaneohe Station, Hawaii Sep 12 04:04 2.8 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Volcano, Hawaii Sep 10 09:48 2.6 41 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 10 08:15 3.0 43 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 08 23:45 2.6 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Leilani Estates, Hawaii Sep 08 01:24 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pahala, Hawaii Sep 07 04:18 2.7 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Sep 06 11:40 3.3 30 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Pepeekeo, Hawaii Sep 06 11:40 3.3 29 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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