Rockfalls reported after 5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Hawaii's Big Island

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 15, 2019, 2:54:20 AM EDT

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Big Island of Hawaii late Saturday afternoon, local time. Officials say there is no danger of a tsunami.

The temblor struck the western side of the island about 12 miles east of Kalaoa and 46 miles west of Hilo, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).


The location of the earthquake that struck the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday evening, local time. (USGS)

The depth of the earthquake was around 8 miles.

The USGS has received hundreds of reports of shaking from Hilo to Kailua-Kona, with some reporting moderate to strong shaking.

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The temblor triggered a rockfall on Highway 11 and a large bolder to come down on Highway 19-Queen Kaahumanu at the Hapuna Junction, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense.

Over 3,000 Hawaii Electric Light customers were left without power, but electricity has since been restored.

“I heard it before I felt it,” Hawaii Island resident Grace Emanuel told Hawaii News Now. “Everything started shaking ... I looked up and my entire house was shaking back and forth."

There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

A 3.0 magnitude aftershock occurred within 15 minutes of the initial earthquake.

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