A 6.9 magnitude earthquake has rocked Hawaii near an erupting volcano on Friday, just an hour after a 5.0 -magnitude earthquake also hit nearby. The massive 6.9 quake was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says: “No tsunami is expected, however, this earthquake generated small sea level changes at Hilo (20 cm amplitude), Kapoho (40 cm amplitude), Honuapo (15 cm amplitude)”.
Hawaii County Civil Defense says Friday’s 5.4 earthquake was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano. Officials say there’s no tsunami threat to the Big Island.
Both quakes hit about 1.2 miles from Kapaahu and 17.8 miles from Hawaiian Paradise Park – starting at about 2:30 p.m. PST.
The quakes come after a volcanic eruption that began Thursday, which spewed molten lava that chewed through forests and bubbled up on paved streets. One resident described the scene as “a curtain of fire.”
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