Civil Defense: No tsunami after 5.3 earthquake
An earthquake rocked the Big Island on Saturday evening.
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - An earthquake rocked the Big Island on Saturday evening. Just after 5 p.m., a magnitude-5.3 struck east of Kailua-Kona. The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported people felt light to strong shaking in the area of Waikoloa.
There were also reports it was felt across the Island of Hawaii, and even as far away as Oahu. According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, the shaking caused rockfalls along Highways 19 and 11.
Three aftershocks were recorded within an hour of the earthquake, including a magnitude-3.0 event approximately 11 minutes following the main shock. Additional aftershocks are expected.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports no tsunami from the earthquake. Reports throughout the island talked about damage along some roadways.
Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory reports no activity or change in status of the volcanoes on Hawaii Island.
Do take the following precautions following this earthquake:
- Check utility connections such as electric, gas and water for damage and shut off main if damage is observed or suspected.
- Debris maybe in roadways drive with caution.
Authorities responded to the following reports:
- Large boulder on Highway 19- Queen Kaahumanu at the Hapuna Junction
- Rock fall Highway 11 near mile 100 and 110
- HELCO crews are working on restoring power to the Waikoloa area