No Tsunami After 3.7 Hualalai, Hawai’i Earthquake

June 15, 2012, 2:42 PM HST · Updated June 15, 2:55 PM

Hawaii Island earthquake July 15, 2012. Image courtesy USGS.

By Wendy Osher

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii following a preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake in the Hualalai region of the Big Island of Hawai’i, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake was reported at 2:19 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012.

The PTWC reported the event with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8; but the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory later revised the magnitude to 3.7.


The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported the quake as centered:

  • 14 miles WSW of Waikoloa;
  • 15 miles SW of Kawaihae;
  • 16 miles NNW of Hualalai Summit;
  • and 17 miles N or Kailua.

The USGS had the following coordinates for the center of tremor:

  • 9 miles WSW of Puako
  • 11 miles N of Kalaoa
  • 14 miles WSW of Waikoloa Village
  • 60 miles WNW of Hilo

The depth of the quake was 9.9 miles.

Again, no tsunami is expected.


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