Cracks seen on Highway 11 following quakes

  • This screenshot shows earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in the past day at Kilauea's summit. Courtesy of USGS.

Cracks have been reported on Highway 11 near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park following a series of earthquakes at Kilauea’s summit.

Jessica Ferracane, park spokeswoman, said cracks were also seen in areas of the park.


About two dozen earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater have occurred at the summit in the past day.

The largest was a magnitude-4.4 temblor at 8:30 a.m. at depth of 0.3 miles.

“We had severe violent shaking at my office,” Ferracane said.


The park has jurisdiction over a 10-mile section of the highway. She said the road will remain open, though the speed limit may be reduced.

The park remains closed due to the risk of steam-driven explosions inside Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email