Few Report Feeling 3.9 Quake Off Hawaiʻi Island

February 17, 2015, 1:06 PM HST · Updated February 17, 1:09 PM

Hawaiʻi Island 3.9 earthquake (2/17/15) intensity map, courtesy USGS.

Hawaiʻi Island 3.9 earthquake (2/17/15) intensity map, courtesy USGS.

By Wendy Osher

There were no immediate advisories issued following a preliminary magnitude 3.9 earthquake reported at 3:17 a.m. HST on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the ocean off of Kailua-Kona on Hawaiʻi Island.


The USGS reports that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 12 km and was located 32 miles west of Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi; 75 miles south of Kīhei, Maui; 82 miles south of Kahului, Maui; 82 miles south of Wailuku Maui; and 142 miles southeast of Honolulu, Oʻahu.

According to the agency’s “Did You Feel It?” website, only four responses were received including three reports from Kailua-Kona and one from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.


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