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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Hawaii

(Los Angeles) – A strong earthquake shook Hawaii on Friday, according to the US Geophysical Institute (USGS), without issuing a tsunami warning in this archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean.

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Pahala area on the island of Hawaii, according to the US Geological Survey. Its depth is estimated at about 37 kilometers.

“A tsunami is not expected. However […] The agency warned that many areas are likely to experience strong tremors.

The island of Hawaii is the largest of this volcanic archipelago, and is regularly subjected to eruptions or earthquakes. It is home to more than 200,000 people.

According to local media, the earthquake does not appear to have caused serious damage. Some residents saw their belongings falling off the shelves and their decorations falling from the walls.

The archipelago contains six volcanoes.

The island of Hawaii in particular is home to the Mauna Loa volcano, which erupted at the end of 2022 for the first time in nearly 40 years, spewing lava fountains up to 60 meters high.

Its more modest neighbor, Kilauea, was in a state of almost continuous eruption between 1983 and 2019, and is a popular attraction for tourists who fly over it by helicopter. In 2018, lava flows destroyed more than 700 homes.

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