Hawaii: a strong earthquake shakes the archipelago

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 37 kilometers.
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The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.7, did not trigger a tsunami warning.

A strong event took place on Friday February 9 in , according to the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), without causing any damage in this Pacific archipelago.

This 5.7 magnitude earthquake – previously estimated at 6.3 – struck near Pahala on the island of Hawaii, according to the USGS. Its magnitude was first estimated at 6.3. Its depth has been estimated at approximately 37 kilometers. “No tsunami is expected. However (…) many areas are likely to have suffered strong tremors”warned the agency.

Six volcanoes

The island of Hawaii is the largest of this volcanic archipelago, regularly subject to eruptions or earthquakes. It is home to more than 200,000 people. The archipelago has six volcanoes.

The island of Hawaii is notably home to Mauna Loa, which erupted for the first time in almost 40 years at the end of 2022, spewing fountains of lava up to 60 meters high. Its more modest neighbor, Kilauea, remained in eruption almost continuously between 1983 and 2019, and is a popular attraction for tourists who fly over it by helicopter. In 2018, its lava flows destroyed more than 700 homes.

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