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Big Island eruptions and earthquakes result in public school closures and early releases

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) closed three Pahoa area schools early Friday morning, May 4, 2018, due to volcanic activity in the area. Pahoa High and Intermediate, Pahoa Elementary and Keonepoko Elementary were closed for the entire day. HIDOE will be assessing damage to school facilities in response to a reported 6.9-magnitude earthquake […]

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Earthquake causes power outage for Hawai‘i Electric Light customers

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that about 14,400 customers experienced a power outage at 12:33 p.m. today following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Power was restored to all customers by 2:20 p.m. “The strong earthquake caused a substation transformer to shake resulting in a fault,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Employees worked to reroute power to other […]

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park closing due to strong and damaging earthquakes

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is evacuating all visitors and non-emergency staff today due to a series of strong and damaging earthquakes that continue to rock Kīlauea Volcano. The park – including the Kahuku Unit – will remain closed until it is deemed safe to reopen.

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Red Cross shelters open in Pahoa and Keaau for Kilauea eruption evacuees

The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

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USGS statement on series of earthquakes striking Hawaii Island

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Friday, May 4, 2018, at approximately 12:32 p.m. HST. It is the strongest quake in Hawaii since 1975—and the largest in a series of strong earthquakes that began at 11:32 a.m. today. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) no tsunami […]

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The Hilo Downtown Post Office has been temporarily closed as the building is inspected for quake damage

The Hilo Downtown Post Office, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, has been temporarily closed. The entire building was shut down due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption. Beginning Saturday, May 5, and until further notice, Hilo Downtown’s PO Box customers are asked […]

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HELCO reports power outages due to the earthquakes on Hawaii Island

At around 12:30 p.m. Friday (May 4) about 14,000 customers in Hilo, Kaumana, and pockets in Puna lost power due to the strong earthquake. Currently, about half of the customers have been restored and about 6,300 remain without power. Hawaii Electric Light Company crews are working to restore power.

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Quakes continue to rock Hawaii Island, no tsunami threat

Numerous earthquakes are striking Hawaii Island with a strong 6.0 magnitude (preliminary) at 12:33 p.m. Friday (May 4).

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Moderate 5.7M earthquake strikes Hawaii Island Friday morning (May 4), no tsunami threat

A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck the south flank of Kilauea volcano at 11:33 a.m. Friday (May 4). There is no tsunami threat. Numerous aftershocks are being felt throughout the island.

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Governor Ige supports evacuated residents, first responders, Pāhoa businesses on Hawai‘i Island

Gov. David Ige traveled to Hawai‘i Island on Friday for briefings with Mayor Harry Kim and the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense, and to check on evacuated residents from the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

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Two trails and more land added to closed area at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Approximately 31,660 acres of the 333,308-acre park are closed. Most of the park remains open, including Jaggar Museum, Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Mauna Loa Road and much more.

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A volcanic eruption could occur without warning in Puna, residents are urged to prepare for the worst

Hawai’i County Civil Defense is on high alert on a 24-hour basis for the possibility of a volcanic eruption in the lower Puna area. All areas bordering the East Rift Zone are at high risk for eruption activities.

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Epicenter of a 5.0 magnitude earthquake which struck at 10:31 a.m. HST Thursday, May 3, 2018. Map via USGS.

USGS reports quake was 5.0 magnitude Thursday morning (May 3)

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a magnitude-5.0 earthquake on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at approximately 10:31 a.m. HST.

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Epicenter of 4.4 magnitude (preliminary) quake at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (May 3). Map via USGS.

Quake of 5.0 magnitude rattles Hawaii Island Thursday morning (May 3)

At 10:31 a.m. Thursday (May 3) a moderate 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Hawaii Island. The temblor was centered in the area south of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Crater. There is no tsunami generated from this temblor.

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