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3.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Volcano Area of the Big Island

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake was registered today in the Volcano area of the Big Island of Hawaii.

39 volcano2No tsunami was generated from this earthquake.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the Paauilo Area of the Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
  • Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 08:32:48 PM at epicenter
Location 20.065°N, 155.399°W
Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 4 km (2 miles) NW (309°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 7 km (4 miles) E (101°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) ESE (108°) from Kukuihaele, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) E (81°) from Waimea, HI
  • 52 km (32 miles) NW (321°) from Hilo, HI
  • 288 km (179 miles) ESE (118°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 39, Dmin=21 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=216°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60367961

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

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 04:21:50 UTC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 06:21:50 PM at epicenter
Location 19.502°N, 155.238°W
Depth 27.5 km (17.1 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 6 km (4 miles) N (357°) from Volcano, HI
  • 11 km (7 miles) WSW (248°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 12 km (7 miles) WNW (286°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 28 km (17 miles) SW (215°) from Hilo, HI
  • 336 km (209 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.1 km (0.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 64, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp= 61°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60341306

A New Theory for the Unexplained Puna Explosion Last Month – A Sonic Boom From Below?

Last month, many folks in the Puna area felt a swarm of earthquakes and then at about 9:42 in the morning we were all startled to hear a big boom and/or explosion that shook the area.

Hawaii County Civil Defense has still not stated what the explosion or boom was, but I have a new theory based upon the similar boom that happened this week on the mainland in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday just after midnight in Clintonville, a town of about 4,600 people about 40 miles west of Green Bay.

Geophysicist Paul Caruso told The Associated Press that loud booming noises have been known to accompany earthquakes. It’s possible the mysterious sounds that town officials have been investigating are linked to the quake, he said.

Earthquakes can generate seismic energy that moves through rock at thousands of miles per hour, producing a sonic boom when the waves come to the earth’s surface, Caruso said…

For me the following statement is what really gets me:

…Those reservations didn’t stop Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss from declaring “the mystery is solved” at a news conference Thursday evening.

She said USGS representatives described the event as a swarm of several small earthquakes in a very short time.

I was interviewed by KHON2 News Brianne Randle about the incident and this aired on the news:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/48ywEDKADMc]

If we look at the recent earthquakes that were surrounding the mysterious Puna boom… you can see that it was a swarm or small earthquakes leading up to the boom.

I’m no geologist… but I will theorize that this was simply Pele or the volcano burping in a sense.

Wordless Wednesday – Is Pele Awakening? Volcano Area Shaking for the Last 24 Hours

MAP 1.8 2012/02/23 01:58:37 19.419 -155.324 4.1 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.4 2012/02/23 01:39:27 19.417 -155.328 3.3 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.2 2012/02/22 19:08:07 19.422 -155.321 5.0 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.3 2012/02/22 18:07:46 19.137 -155.562 35.9 8 km ( 5 mi) NNE of Naalehu, HI
MAP 1.9 2012/02/22 17:16:28 19.426 -155.327 3.4 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.9 2012/02/22 17:00:57 19.421 -155.326 3.7 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.6 2012/02/22 16:59:01 19.419 -155.323 4.1 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 3.2 2012/02/22 16:55:34 19.430 -155.319 4.0 9 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.5 2012/02/22 16:35:48 19.422 -155.323 4.4 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.1 2012/02/22 15:53:09 19.424 -155.327 3.2 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.0 2012/02/22 15:33:36 19.424 -155.323 3.5 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.1 2012/02/22 15:17:18 19.431 -155.326 3.1 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.0 2012/02/22 15:14:09 19.428 -155.324 3.1 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.7 2012/02/22 14:29:50 19.415 -155.323 4.5 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 3.0 2012/02/22 13:57:33 19.425 -155.321 4.3 9 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.9 2012/02/22 13:42:13 19.408 -155.495 11.5 23 km ( 14 mi) N of Pahala, HI
MAP 1.8 2012/02/22 13:35:06 19.422 -155.326 3.6 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.6 2012/02/22 13:32:04 19.428 -155.324 0.0 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.1 2012/02/22 13:16:51 19.426 -155.323 3.6 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.7 2012/02/22 12:44:53 19.427 -155.329 2.8 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.7 2012/02/22 12:43:24 19.399 -155.274 1.0 7 km ( 4 mi) SW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.9 2012/02/22 12:31:39 19.428 -155.325 3.5 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.9 2012/02/22 12:23:37 19.426 -155.329 2.8 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.2 2012/02/22 11:56:43 19.422 -155.324 3.7 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.8 2012/02/22 11:29:53 19.426 -155.325 3.4 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.2 2012/02/22 11:19:41 19.424 -155.324 3.4 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI

Big Island Hit With Two Earthqaukes Within 12 Hours

A minor earthquake occurred at 6:37:48 AM (HST) on Monday, July 12, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.1
event occurred 10 km (6 miles) WNW of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).

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A minor earthquake occurred at 8:58:57 PM (HST) on Sunday, July 11, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 14 km (9 miles) NE of Hawi.
The hypocentral depth is 39 km (24 miles).

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