Magnitude 4.5 quake shakes Hawaii

A “light” earthquake centered west of the Big Island shook the Hawaiian Islands shortly after 10 a.m. today, but was strong enough to be felt as far away as east O’ahu. According to the National Earthquake Information Center, the quake hit about 25 miles west of Kawaihae and about 40 miles south of Hana, five miles below the ocean floor. Public reports received by the USGS reveal hundreds of O’ahu residents, including over 50 in Kailua, reported feeling the quake quite strongly. Paula Bender, a freelance writer who also works at a Waimanalo research facility, said the earthquake shook the entire building. “I’m over here at Oceanic Institute all by myself in my office and the two beams positioned over my desk do the hustle,” she said. “I was glad it wasn’t a rockslide from the hills behind us! Also glad it didn’t generate a tsunami.”

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