HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii - The magnitude 3.5 earthquake beneath the summit of Kilauea around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday cause noticeable structural damage in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park buildings, and left cracks and uneven roads on Highway 11 and other park roads.

“We are leaving Highway 11 open at this time, but will close it if it becomes unsafe for motorists,” said Chief Ranger John Broward. “We suspect we’ll find additional damage throughout the park once we have time to assess damage,” he said.

The earthquake also created sizable cracks and floor shifting in the park’s Visitor Emergency Operations Center and caused a temporary loss of power and ruptured several water lines.

Wednesday morning, USGS scientists found rocks two feet across in the parking lot a few hundred yards from Halema‘uma‘u. According to USGS, yesterday’s series of summit events reflect the most energetic explosions yet observed and could reflect the onset of steam-driven explosive activity.