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Hawaii: 5.3 Earthquake Hits Just Off Big Island

    June 5, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Hawaii’s Big Island this week. The rumble occurred at around 2 pm local time, and hit just 34 miles off the southeastern coast of Pahala, Hawaii.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, residents throughout the Big Island reported feeling light to moderate shaking during the quake, and even some residents on Maui reported feeling some shaking. Though homes near the epicenter were well-shaken, there have been no reports of injury or major property damage.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 25 miles. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, no tsunami is expected to result from the quake.

This Hawaiian earthquake comes during a significant year for earthquake activity. Just two weeks ago, a massive 8.2 earthquake hit just off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Before that, a 7.2 earthquake had hit northern Japanese islands in mid-April.