Exceptionally strong earthquake below the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii, Hawaii

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Update : The initial depth of 0.1 km has in the meantime been updated to 8.6 km. At this depth a setting of the volcano (movement because of the weight of the volcano itself) is more likely. this happens regularly below Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. These earthquakes are not volcanic in origin. This depth makes more sense as to the fact that the active crater did not change his activity pattern. A number of normal aftershocks are being registered after the mainshock.

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Update : Magnitude 5 earthquakes are happen rarely in this area and depth

Update : Extremely shallow and below the volcano edifice. Webcams on Kilauea are not showing an increase or decrease of the volcano activity but a closer look will have to be taken from now on.

Update : we do not expect any damage outside the National Park itself and even in the National Park the shaking will have been relatively innocent for a quake of this Magnitude. Main reason : the origin of the earthquake probably not being tectonic.

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13km (8mi) S of Volcano, Hawaii
40km (25mi) SW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
48km (30mi) SSW of Hilo, Hawaii
89km (55mi) ESE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
353km (219mi) SE of Honolulu, Hawaii

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-06-27 22:10:10

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-06-28 08:10:10

Depth (Hypocenter) : 8.55 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Volcano, Hawaii Jun 28 08:54 3.1 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Volcano, Hawaii Jun 28 08:54 3.2 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Jun 28 08:54 3.2 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Hawaii Jun 28 08:10 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Volcano, Hawaii Jun 28 08:10 5.2 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • honomu - No damage.
  • kaumana - Surprised me
  • papaikou - No damage
  • pahoa - shook pretty good
  • Waikoloa Village - The shaking was strong enough that I knew for sure that it was an earthquake.
  • Kailua Kona - Vacationing here. Light shaking of bed and creaking of house.
  • Pahoa - Laying on bed thought some came and jumped up on the bed surprised me first earthquake felt since moved here in September 2014
  • Pahoa - Laying on bed thought someone came in and jumped on bed. Surprised me this was the first earthquake felt since moved here Sept. 2014.
  • honaunau, HI - rocked pretty good!
  • Volcano - Very loud noise/s woke me up. Followed by violent jerking but of a short duration.
  • Captain Cook, HI - Heard a loud boom and the entire house shook. We are located at 1600 foot elevation - about 1 mile mauka from Hwy 11. No apparent damage visible.
  • Volcano - Very loud noise/s woke me up, followed by violent jerking but of a short duration. No damage.
  • Volcano National Park - all doors in cottage were shaking and rattling
  • Volcano, HI - Heard a loud sound that lasted for a while.
  • Na'alehu, HI - Short shaking
  • Pahoa, HI - Strong, shook house and long
  • Volcano Village - No mistake what this was, could here the noise and two story house shook pretty good. Animals freaked out. Lasted short time. Strongest felt since the Kona quake of 2006.
  • Naalehu - Moderate shaking of about 15 seconds. The change recorded for depth from near surface to much deeper(8-10 km) made sense with the sensation. It started with a large shaking that moderately dropped off. This fit the description of "settling" and not a tectonic quake, i.e. no rolling or violent movements.
  • Waiohinu - Woke me with shaking that lasted 20 seconds maybe. Almost like slow motion shaking versus violent that is more typical for my past experiences.
  • Holualoa Big Island Hawaii - Couple of strong shakes in bed. No visible damage. 1000' above kailua-kona.
  • EMSC Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii Jun 28 08:10 5.2 9 MAP




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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    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.
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    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) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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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