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Major magnitude 6.5 earthquake - 1.4 mi west of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, April 23, 1951 at 00:52 GMT

Major magnitude 6.5 earthquake - 1.4 mi west of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, April 23, 1951 at 00:52 GMT Major magnitude 6.5 earthquake - 1.4 mi west of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, April 23, 1951 at 00:52 GMT

Major magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 0 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 23, 1951 00:52:23 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth0.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.2°N / 155.5°W (Hawaii, Hawaii, United States)
Antipode19.2°S / 24.5°E
Shaking intensitySevere shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoKilauea (32 km / 20 mi)
Nearby towns and cities2 km (1 mi) W of Pāhala (pop: 1,360) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (20 mi) ENE of Hawaiian Ocean View (pop: 4,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) SW of Volcano Village (pop: 2,580) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) SE of Honaunau-Napoopoo (pop: 2,570) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
57 km (35 mi) SW of Mountainview (pop: 3,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
70 km (44 mi) SW of Hawaiian Paradise Park (Hawaii County) (pop: 11,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
72 km (45 mi) SE of Kailua-Kona (Hawaii County) (pop: 12,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
73 km (45 mi) SW of Hilo (pop: 43,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) SE of Kalaoa (Hawaii County) (pop: 9,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
340 km (211 mi) SE of Honolulu (pop: 371,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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6.50 kmHawaii region, Hawaii (USA)USGS
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User reports for this quake

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There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Aug 21, 1951 10:56
72 years ago

0 km
3.1 mi W of Captain Cook, Hawaii County, USAMore

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