3.8 magnitude earthquake rattles island

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake centered on Kilauea’s south flank was felt at least as far north as Hilo.

According to data gathered by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory a 3.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at 2:13 p.m., originating from a point 3.9 miles below the earth’s surface within or near the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve.

Hawaii County Civil Defense has not yet confirmed whether the earthquake presents a tsunami threat for the island.

Today’s quake was weaker than the 4.4 earthquake on Dec. 20 that heralded the beginning of the ongoing Kilauea eruption.

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