Magnitude-5.0 Shakes Big Island In Hawaii

By Salon Staff

Published January 23, 2012 5:00AM (EST)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A magnitude-5.0 earthquake and several small aftershocks shook Hawaii on Sunday, but there were no reports of injury or damage.

The quake struck near Kae'na Point in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island at 4:36 p.m. (6:36 p.m. PST) at a depth of five miles, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 25 miles south of Hilo and 220 miles southeast of Honolulu.

There is no tsunami threat, the National Weather Service said.

A half-dozen aftershocks came in the two hours that followed, the largest a magnitude-3.0 about 10 minutes after the original quake.

The temblor was widely felt in Hilo and throughout the island, with more than 500 people reporting that they felt light-to-moderate shaking, according to the USGS website.

Joe Lopez, 70, said he felt a "pretty good jolt" at his home in Hilo.

Lopez told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the quake sent books and other items tumbling to the floor.

There have been no reports of injury or damage, said Michael Yoshimura of Hawaii State Civil Defense.

Yoshimura said the agency opened its Hilo Emergency Operating Center immediately after the quake, but closed it down when no calls came in after 45 minutes.

Salon Staff

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