5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Reported In US

By Jason Hall

December 5, 2023

Photo: USGS

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake was reported on the Big Island of Hawaii on Monday (December 4), according to the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake was reported to be felt across the island with 1,100 residents claiming to have felt shaking when it hit at approximately 5:54 p.m. local time. The 5.1-magnitude natural disaster's epicenter was reported to be located at the Kilauea Volcano.

There was no tsunami threat in relation to the earthquake, though additional aftershocks were possible, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced in a post shared on its social media accounts. The initial earthquake and a 3.0-magnitude aftershock were reportedly unrelated to volcanic activity, the USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed in a statement shared on its website.

"One magnitude-3 aftershock has occurred. Aftershocks will likely continue, some large enough to be felt locally. We see no detectable changes in activity at Kīlauea as a result of these earthquakes. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor for any changes," the agency wrote.

The Hawaiian earthquake occurred days after a pregnant woman was killed, four others were injured and nine are reported missing in relation to a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Mindanao, the second-largest island of the Philippines, on Saturday (December 2), BBC.com reports. A total of 529 families were affected by the natural disaster, Philippines defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro revealed in an update.

The earthquakes led to tsunami warnings in the area that were later lifted. The initial tremor was reported to be at 7.6-magnitude and resulted in four major aftershocks estimated at 6.0-magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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