5.5-Magnitude Quake Rumbles Beneath Exploding Hawaii Volcano

(From UPI)

A strong earthquake beneath the erupting Mount Kilauea volcano shook Hawaii’s Big Island and sent up an 8,000-foot ash plume, scientists said.

While dozens of quakes in the magnitude-2 and -3 range have occurred since the volcano began spewing ash and lava a month ago, Sunday’s 5.5-magnitude earthquake is the largest since. The U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday’s tremor occurred at a depth of 1.1 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or additional damage.

The new ash plume blew to the southwest, toward the island’s Volcano and Pahala areas, and residents were warned to limit exposure to airborne ash, gas and volcanic particles. Gas emissions from the volcano remain at high levels and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Sunday there was no threat of a possible tsunami.

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