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No Tsunami Threat After 5.4 Kīlauea Earthquake

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Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi after a 5.3 (preliminary magnitude 5.4) earthquake reported in the summit region of the Kīlauea Volcano on Hawaiʻi Island. That according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake occurred at 4:44 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 4:50 am. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas. The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View.


The following information was provided by Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense authorities for those in the affected area:

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout. The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed. Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

The USGS reports that the quake was centered within the following preliminary parameters:

  • 4 miles SW of Volcano, HI;
  • 11 miles WSW of Fern Forest, HI;
  • 13 miles SW of Mountain View, HI;
  • 24 miles SSW of Hilo, HI; and
  • 211 miles SE of Honolulu, HI.


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