The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported a magnitude 2.5 earthquake on the island of Hawaii occurring at 13:58:50 UTC on Friday, February 24th, following a magnitude 4.1 quake on Thursday and a seismic swarm that began early Wednesday.
The USGS has reported a 2.5-magnitude earthquake occurring early Friday morning about 6 miles WSW from Volcano and 208 miles from Honolulu, on the big island of Hawaii. The earthquake is the latest in a seismic swarm of tremors being reported by the USGS in this region, and follows a 4.1-magnitude quake yesterday. Friday’s tremor was shallow at a depth of 2.5 miles, and is consistent with other reports of depths for earthquakes occurring in this region as well as other recent earthquake activity near both dormant and active volcanoes around the globe.
Friday’s 2.5-magnitude quake is the latest in a seismic swarm that the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has been recording since early Wednesday morning. The swarms have been reported near Kilauea’s summit in Volcanoes National Park, and are located near the boundary of Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Kilauea is an active volcano and is located in the Ka’oiki Seismic Zone. That area has experienced episodic seismic activity since a major 6.6-magnitude earthquake in 1983.
Since Wednesday, the seismic swarm of earthquakes in this region has been increasing dramatically. Many residents in the Puna Region on Hawaii Island have been reporting feeling the tremors in addition to odd humming sounds. Some have also reported hearing a “thunder-like,” or explosive, sound as well.
It remains to be seen what all of this seismic activity means for Hawaii and this region within the Pacific Ring of Fire.
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