A 6.2 MAGNITUDE QUAKE, ONE OF THE STRONGEST JOLTS FELT IN KAʻŪ IN RECENT
YEARS, rolled across the island from its epicenter offshore beneath waters southeast of Nāʻālehu at 11:48 a.m. on Sunday.
Though it felt stronger, the quake did little damage compared to the M5.6 at 2:56 p. m. on Friday, April 16, 1999. That quake shook from its epicenter beneath Kaʻū and took down a house on stilts. It unhinged Pāhala Methodist Church, breaking its stain glass windows, and moved many houses off their post and pier foundations. Power was interrupted.
The May 4, 2018 magnitude 6.9 quake quake was felt strongly here. Its epicenter was outside Kaʻū , near Leilani Estates in Puna. It did little damage here.
During Sunday’s M6.2 quake, some items fell from shelves and some cracks in pavement and walls were seen. Wall hangings needed adjustment.
U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded the offshore magnitude-6.2 earthquake at 11:48 a.m. was centered about 27 km (17 miles) south-southeast of Nāʻālehu at a depth of 35 km (22 mi).
A map showing its location is posted on the HVO website at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/. More details are available at the National Earthquake Information Center website at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv72748782/.
|The magnitude 6.2 earthquake in waters of Ka`u today|
generated reports from people experiencing the quake
around the state. USGS image
A magnitude-4.3 aftershock occurred at 11:53 a.m., about 5 km (3 miles) north of the magnitude-6.2 earthquake at a depth of 36 km (22 miles). Two smaller aftershocks followed theses quakes and other aftershocks are possible and could be felt.
Strong shaking, with a maximum Intensity of VI, was reported across the Island of Hawai‘i, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. At that intensity, very slight damage to buildings or structures may have occurred. The USGS "Did you feel it?" service (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/) received over 1300 felt reports within one hour of the earthquake. By 8:30 p.m. on Sunday the number of reports reached over 3,300 felt reports from around the state.
According to USGS, the depth, location, and recorded seismic waves of the earthquake suggest a source due to bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian island chain, a common source for earthquakes in this area.
According to HVO Scientist-in-Charge, Ken Hon, the earthquake had no observable impact on Mauna Loa and Kīlauea volcanoes. “Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kīlauea except for a few minor rockfalls reported within Halemaʻumaʻu crater.
"Please be aware that other aftershocks are possible and may be felt. HVO continues to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes. The Alert Levels/Color Codes remain at WATCH/ORANGE for Kīlauea and ADVISORY/YELLOW for Mauna Loa at this time,” reported USGS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported no tsunami threat from this earthquake. For information on recent earthquakes in Hawai‘i and eruption updates, visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/.
Volcano updates, photos, maps, and recent earthquake data for Hawaii are posted on the HVO website at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo.
|Page Okamura hosts Hawaiʻi Kulāiwi on HPR.|
HAWAI'I PUBLIC RADIO, WHICH BROADCASTS TWO STATIONS IN KAʻŪ and around the state, recently concluded its Fall Membership Campaign, with $622,785 raised from 1,908 individual contributors. First-time donors represented
35% of all contributors.
In Kaʻū, HPR operates remotely with a feed from Kulani Cone near Volcano to the historic bank and radio building on Maile Street in Kaʻū. HPR-1's frequency in Kaʻū is at 89.1 on the FM
dial. HPR-2 is located at 91.2 FM.
The vast majority of the station's operating funds come from the community. Individual donors and businesses make up 94 percent of the station's revenues, and the remaining 6 percent is from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the entity that distributes
"Once again, our community has stepped forward to demonstrate their commitment to the work that we do," said José A. Fajardo, HPR's President and General Manager. "As we celebrate our 40th anniversary next month, the success of this campaign ensures a strong future for HPR and our ability to continue investing in our news, music, and entertainment programming in the months
and years to come."
The station has recently added several new programs and features to further serve its audiences. In August, HPR-1 introduced Hawaiʻi Kulāiwi (Sundays from 6-7 p.m.), hosted by Paige Okamura (DJ
Mermaid); the program explores the history of Hawaiian music through the lenses of language and place. In September, the station debuted Island Insider, a weekly email roundup of local stories from HPR's award-winning news team. These additions were informed by recent HPR audience research and are in
alignment the station's strategic plan.
|Kaʻū High Football Coach Dewayne Ke|
Photo by Harry McIntosh
Although the fund drive has concluded, donations are still gratefully accepted at members.hawaiipublicradio.org.
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