Large quake shakes Hawaii Island, causes power outages

  • This map shows the center of a magnitude-6.0 quake Friday. Courtesy of Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook Hawaii Island on Friday and caused power outages in Hilo and Puna.

The earthquake was located about 10 miles southwest of Leilani Estates in Puna at a depth 3.1 miles.

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The 12:40 p.m. quake followed about an hour after another temblor that registered a 5.3-magnitude. Both were located on the south flank at Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said there is no tsunami threat.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported there were some minor sea level fluctuations at some locations around the Big Island.

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Hawaii Electric Light Co. Rhea Lee-Moku said there are reports of outages in Kaumana and parts of Hilo.

Four fissures have opened so far in Leilani Estates, with one remaining active as of Friday morning. At least two homes have been destroyed and the entire subdivision and Lanipuna Gardens are under a mandatory evacuation. The eruption started Thursday afternoon.

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