It's Dreadfully Shaky! Earthquake Of Magnitude 5.5 Hits Hawaii Island Near Kilauea Volcano
March 15, 2019 14:09 By Fabiosa
If you ask Hawaiin dwellers about their islands, they'd probably repeat pleasant keywords of Google. You'd hear about coconuts, pineapples and ocean breeze. Yeah, the basic paradise stuff! However, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are also part of the deal.
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Everything beautiful has a dangerous side to it. Heavenly Hawaiin islands are among the most likely places of earthquake occurrences. They are not quite frequent but, when this natural disaster strikes there, it hits hard. More to the horror, Hawaii is also considered the active zones of volcanoes.
5.5 earthquake this morning Hawaii felt through much of Big Island. pic.twitter.com/AKXL9ZuUQk— Kim Stephens (@KimKMPH) March 13, 2019
In the Wednesday afternoon, March 13, around 12.a.m, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported a massive earthquake. Primary data have revealed that it measured to of 5.5 in magnitude. Its depth was centered in the neighborhood which is very close to Kilauea volcano.
Based on location and mechanism, this morning's M5.5 earthquake on the Big Island of Hawaii https://t.co/hK5Uz0TKLY may have occurred on the same fault plane as last year's M6.9 earthquake https://t.co/uIXcvsTKNa pic.twitter.com/OkVpAIsoXG— Jascha Polet (@CPPGeophysics) March 13, 2019
According to Hawaii 24/7, the warning centers in the area have alerted for aftershocks. Fortunately, the authorities have declared that the earthquake was not intense enough to trigger a tsunami or volcanic eruption. It is still advised by the local faculty to carry out precautionary checks for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water, and electricity.
Did you feel it? We sure did, and are happy to report no damage in the park. According to USGS, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck at 12:55 am HST this morning. It was centered 4.2 miles deep within Kilauea near Hilina Pali. The EQ is not eruption-related.— Hawaii Volcanoes NPS (@Volcanoes_NPS) March 13, 2019
How are people taking it?
Local people expressed how their shaky nightmares have come true. Many of them were terrified while others took a light approach to it.
So there was an earthquake last night here in Hawaii & I slept through it.. that’s how unbothered I will be in 2019— Samantha Bradley (@saaammaaantha) March 13, 2019
I hope this is not the beginning of another lava flow.— rd (@WxWays) March 13, 2019
I felt that!— Leilani (@LeilaniLJordan) March 13, 2019
It is good to use humor to smooth out a stressful situation. However, it is also suggested to be on your toes at the same time. Stay safe and alert others!