Hawaii volcano warning: Earthquake hits beneath Kīlauea Volcano – alert level at orange

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The United States Geological Survey has reported a magnitude-4.2 quake which hit beneath  Kīlauea Volcano’s south flank on Sunday, May 23. The earthquake caused weak to light shaking according to the earthquake organisation and more than 175 people reported feeling the quaker within the first hour it hit.

The earthquake on May 23 hit at 11.40am local time and was centred around nine miles south of the volcano.

The quake had a depth of around five miles and more than 175 reported feeling it in the USGS’ “Did you feel it?” survey.

Weak to light shaking was reported in relation to the earthquake and the alert level has now been raised to orange.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge Ken Hon said the earthquake had no apparent impact on Kīlauea or Mauna Loa volcanoes.

He said: “We see no detectable changes in activity at the summits or along the rift zones of Kīlauea or Mauna Loa as a result of this earthquake.

“Aftershocks are possible and could be felt.”

The HVO is continuing to monitor Kīlauea and other Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes.

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