5.1 Earthquake Hits Hawaii Island

Earthquake south of Volcano prelim @ 5.1

Earthquakes are not uncommon to Hawaii Island. They are a daily occurrence, and most are unfelt. This morning a temblor initially measured at 5.1 was felt on many parts of the Big Island at 7:01 a.m.

Check the earthquake map at the HVO for the latest update:


Earthquake with aftershocks

Earthquake with smaller aftershocks factored in.

Graphics from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

Hawaii County Civil Defense Alert: Earthquake Information Update For Thursday, June 8th At 7:15 Am

“This is an Earthquake information update for Thursday, June 8 at 7:15 AM.  The earthquake which occurred at approximately 7:01 AM was not large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island or State of Hawaii.  Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measured 5.1 on the Richter scale and was centered in the vicinity of the south flank of Kilauea Volcano.  As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.  If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages, especially to utility connections of gas, water and power.  Again, the earthquake which occurred at 7:01 AM measured approximately 5.1 and was not strong enough to cause a tsunami for the Island or State of Hawaii.”


Melvin Ah Ching is a photographer, consultant, blogger, desktop publisher, and computer enthusiast living and working in Hawaii. The Hawaii Files have been online since 2006.