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No Tsunami Threat to Hawai‘i After 5.5 Kīlauea Earthquake

June 12, 2018, 3:05 AM HST
* Updated June 12, 6:13 AM
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PC : Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi after a preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported at 1:53 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the summit region of the Kīlauea Volcano on Hawaii Island. That according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kīlauea summit has occurred at 1:52 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 Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency reports that the danger from this eruption is ash fallout. The major response is to protect yourself from fallout, according to officials who offered some of the following advice to those in the area.

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.

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