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3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the Big Island this Afternoon

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Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
  • Friday, November 30, 2012 at 04:04:28 PM at epicenter
Location 19.751°N, 156.327°W
Depth 21.5 km (13.4 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 34 km (21 miles) W (275°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 37 km (23 miles) WNW (290°) from Kailua, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) WNW (292°) from Holualoa, HI
  • 130 km (81 miles) W (272°) from Hilo, HI
  • 233 km (145 miles) SE (138°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 4.3 km (2.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 19, Dmin=34 km, Rmss=0.15 sec, Gp=320°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60436111

 

Earthquakes Keep Rattling the Big Island – 3.0 Magnitude Registered Tonight

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 19.433°N, 155.595°W
Depth 2 km (1.2 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 28 km (18 miles) NNW (334°) from Pahala, HI
  • 31 km (19 miles) E (93°) from Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
  • 33 km (21 miles) ESE (103°) from Captain Cook, HI
  • 54 km (33 miles) SE (127°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 61 km (38 miles) WSW (240°) from Hilo, HI
  • 312 km (194 miles) SE (131°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles)
Parameters Nph= 26, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.29 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60434846

 

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Just Shakes the Big Island of Hawaii

Magnitude 3.7  3.8 *Updgraded*
Date-Time
  • Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 01:56:21 PM at epicenter
Location 19.312°N, 155.216°W
Depth 9 km (5.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 15 km (10 miles) S (172°) from Volcano, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) SSW (207°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) SSW (210°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) SW (231°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 46 km (28 miles) SSW (197°) from Hilo, HI
  • 351 km (218 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Parameters Nph= 56, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.15 sec, Gp=130°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60434446

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Southern Part of the Big Island Tonight

 

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.196°N, 155.693°W
Depth 6.4 km (4.0 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 13 km (8 miles) NE (39°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) NW (323°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) W (268°) from Pahala, HI
  • 67 km (42 miles) SSE (151°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 85 km (53 miles) SW (228°) from Hilo, HI
  • 324 km (201 miles) SE (136°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 1 km (0.6 miles)
Parameters Nph= 47, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.2 sec, Gp=137°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60432611

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island This Morning

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 19.378°N, 155.235°W
Depth 3.1 km (1.9 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (180°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (226°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (226°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) WSW (241°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) SSW (203°) from Hilo, HI
  • 345 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 44, Dmin=1 km, Rmss=0.06 sec, Gp= 76°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
Source
Event ID hv60425206

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Just Shook the Volcano Area of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
  • Friday, October 26, 2012 at 09:18:39 AM at epicenter
Location 19.377°N, 155.242°W
Depth 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (185°) from Volcano, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (228°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) SSW (204°) from Hilo, HI
  • 345 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 36, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60420136

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii Early in the Morning

Magnitude 3.2
Date-Time
Location 19.409°N, 155.321°W
Depth 4.2 km (2.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 10 km (6 miles) WSW (243°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) WSW (251°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SW (232°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 41 km (26 miles) SW (217°) from Hilo, HI
  • 336 km (209 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 14, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.05 sec, Gp=130°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60375051

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Waimea

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.777°N, 155.573°W
Depth 16.4 km (10.2 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 29 km (18 miles) SE (128°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) SSE (159°) from Waimea, HI
  • 35 km (22 miles) ESE (119°) from Puako, HI
  • 52 km (32 miles) W (279°) from Hilo, HI
  • 290 km (180 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 43, Dmin=12 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60366716

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island This Afternoon

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.387°N, 155.246°W
Depth 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 7 km (4 miles) S (189°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (10 miles) SW (232°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (231°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) SSW (205°) from Hilo, HI
  • 344 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 30, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60362376

Big Island Rumbling… Earthquakes Increasing?

Two earthquakes registering 3.0 or over were recorded recently today on the Big Island:

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 19.975°N, 155.554°W
Depth 15 km (9.3 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 13 km (8 miles) ESE (114°) from Waimea, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (220°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (174°) from Kukuihaele, HI
  • 57 km (36 miles) WNW (302°) from Hilo, HI
  • 279 km (173 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 49, Dmin=16 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp=166°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60359176

The most recent one:

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.244°N, 155.518°W
Depth 33.6 km (20.9 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 6 km (4 miles) NW (318°) from Pahala, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) NNE (20°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 30 km (19 miles) ENE (60°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 68 km (42 miles) SW (221°) from Hilo, HI
  • 333 km (207 miles) SE (133°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 54, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=115°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60359246

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

Magnitude 3.6
Date-Time
Location 19.344°N, 155.283°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 13 km (8 miles) SSW (203°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 25 km (16 miles) SW (228°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) SSW (207°) from Hilo, HI
  • 344 km (214 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 54, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp= 68°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60355866

Second 3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the Big Island Today

Well this is the second 3.5 Magnitude Earthquake reported here on the Big Island in the last 12 hours:

Magnitude 3.5
Date-Time
Location 19.340°N, 155.283°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 13 km (8 miles) SSW (202°) from Volcano, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) SW (227°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 25 km (16 miles) SW (227°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 46 km (28 miles) SSW (207°) from Hilo, HI
  • 344 km (214 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 38, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp= 72°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60355486

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 19.299°N, 155.213°W
Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 17 km (10 miles) S (172°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (204°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SSW (207°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) SW (229°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (196°) from Hilo, HI
  • 352 km (219 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 67, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp=112°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60351806

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of the Big Island… No Tsunami Threat Reported

UPDATE this has been downgraded to a 2.8

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake just shook the Volcano are of the Big Island:

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
  • Friday, May 18, 2012 at 03:48:42 PM at epicenter
Location 19.428°N, 155.274°W
Depth 1.4 km (~0.9 mile)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (239°) from Volcano, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) WSW (252°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (228°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 37 km (23 miles) SSW (213°) from Hilo, HI
  • 338 km (210 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 27, Dmin=1 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp= 97°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60345346

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Earns National Award for Monitoring Air Quality

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has earned the national Safety and Health Group Award from the National Park Service for its work in monitoring air quality within the park, and communicating the
information to the public and employees.

NPS photo of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Ecologist David Benitez checking the SO2 monitor at Steam Vents

In 2011, the park’s air quality (AQ) team installed seven stations that measure at 15-minute intervals sulfur dioxide (SO2) and volcanic particulates downwind of Kīlauea’s two active locations at Halema‘uma‘u and Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. The findings are monitored and shared in real time at http://www.hawaiiso2network.com/.

The site offers a multitude of data, including AQ findings, weather conditions and wind direction, links to other AQ sites for the state and Hawai‘i Island, and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcams and updates.

The team also established an AQ Policy to guide corrective actions within the park, including temporary area closures as necessary to protect visitors and staff from dangerous fumes. In addition, mobile hand-held monitors, or gas badges, are used by field crews.

“Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has the highest average SO2 levels in the National Park Service due to ongoing volcanic activity, a natural event,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Our air quality program is a model for naturally occurring SO2 emission management nationally. With a solid
communications system in place, visitors can safely visit our fascinating World Heritage Site on Hawai‘i Island,” she said.

Park visitors, staff and the public are also alerted by mobile electronic road signs that are programmed to convey real time AQ conditions. Monitors displaying the AQ website are also available for the public and staff inside the Kīlauea Visitor Center, on the visitor center lānai (accessible 24 hours a day), and at Jaggar Museum.

The AQ team is comprised of staff from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Air Resources Division of the National Park Service, the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.841°N, 155.685°W
Depth 37.7 km (23.4 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 16 km (10 miles) SE (135°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) S (184°) from Waimea, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) ESE (118°) from Puako, HI
  • 64 km (40 miles) WNW (284°) from Hilo, HI
  • 276 km (172 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 66, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60336916

Free Book – “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory – A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes”

2012 marks 100 years of continuous volcano and earthquake monitoring at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  As part of HVO’s centennial celebration, the USGS has published a new general-interest publication, “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes.”

Click for a copy of your free book

This 62-page, full-color booklet recounts the founding of HVO, the first volcano observatory in the United States, and its pioneering achievements in the science of volcano monitoring over the past century. Written in a reader-friendly style, the booklet will appeal to anyone interested in earth science and volcanoes.

“Born from cracks opened by earthquakes and fed by fountains of hot molten lava, the volcanoes of Hawaiʻi rise as much as 30,000 feet above the floor of the surrounding deep sea, making them the largest volcanoes on the planet,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “It is a marvelous detective story to read how scientists have used data collected over the last 100 years to understand volcanic history extending back a million years, as well as what the volcanic future might be.”

HVO, perched on the rim of Kîlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, closely monitors the volcanic and seismic activity of Kîlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most active volcanoes in the world, and other Hawaiian volcanoes. HVO’s monitoring data, eruption forecasts, and timely warnings of potential hazards help protect the public—a key mission of HVO since 1912, when geologist Thomas A. Jaggar, founded the observatory.

The new booklet describes the development of the tools and techniques used by HVO to monitor Hawai‘i’s volcanic and seismic activity over the past 100 years. Whereas Jaggar had only a few early seismometers to track eruptions and earthquakes, HVO scientists today can access huge amounts of digital data from a dense network of seismometers, tiltmeters, GPS receivers, gas sensors, and other technologically advanced monitoring instruments.

Archival photos in “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory” portray dramatic changes in Kilauea’s landscape, such as the formation of a 400-foot-deep lava lake filling the bottom of Kîlauea Iki Crater in 1959, the growth of a 370-foot-high lava shield during the 1969–1974 Mauna Ulu eruption, and the explosive eruptions of Halema’uma’u Crater in 1924 that increased its diameter from 1,200 feet to more than 3,000 feet. A timeline in the book features archival photographs from significant eruptions and earthquakes that have affected Hawai‘i residents since 1912.

HVO scientists have made great strides in understanding how Hawaiian volcanoes work, and the booklet summarizes their key discoveries during the past 100 years. Some of these include the relationship of earthquakes and volcanic tremors to volcanic activity, the precursory signals of an eruption, the evolution and internal structure of Hawaiian volcanoes, the dynamics of lava flows and lava lakes, and the formation of summit calderas.

The story concludes with a look toward the next 100 years, and the challenges and opportunities that will keep the next generation of HVO scientists busy.

USGS General Information Product 135, “The Story of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory—A Remarkable First 100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes,” by Janet L. Babb, James P. Kauahikaua, and Robert I. Tilling, is available free online (PDF).

A limited number of free printed booklets can be ordered (for a $5.00 handling fee) from the USGS online Store, or by writing to USGS Information Services, Box 25286, 
Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; telephone: 1-888-ASK-USGS; e-mail: infoservices@usgs.gov.

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Part of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 18.941°N, 155.478°W
Depth 37.1 km (23.1 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 18 km (11 miles) SE (140°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) S (180°) from Pahala, HI
  • 36 km (22 miles) ESE (121°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 90 km (56 miles) SW (222°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 94 km (59 miles) SSW (206°) from Hilo, HI
  • 360 km (224 miles) SE (137°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles); depth +/- 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 65, Dmin=20 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=238°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60329266

3.7 Magntitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island

Magnitude 3.7
Date-Time
Location 19.688°N, 156.370°W
Depth 33.4 km (20.8 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 38 km (24 miles) W (264°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) W (278°) from Kailua, HI
  • 43 km (27 miles) W (281°) from Holualoa, HI
  • 134 km (84 miles) W (269°) from Hilo, HI
  • 236 km (146 miles) SE (140°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2 km (1.2 miles); depth +/- 2 km (1.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 49, Dmin=37 km, Rmss=0.14 sec, Gp=266°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60325241

Pele Rocking!!! 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Volcano Area Tonight

Magnitude 4.1
Date-Time
  • Friday, February 24, 2012 at 07:02:24 UTC
  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 09:02:24 PM at epicenter
Location 19.436°N, 155.313°W
Depth 5.2 km (3.2 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 8 km (5 miles) W (259°) from Volcano, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) WSW (258°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) WSW (237°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (218°) from Hilo, HI
  • 335 km (208 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 71, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60313901