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Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 7.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:55 am (GMT -10)

Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 7.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:55 am (GMT -10) Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 7.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Monday, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:55 am (GMT -10)

Light magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 0 km depth

18 Jan 20:59 UTC: First to report: USGS after 4 minutes.
18 Jan 21:02: Magnitude recalculated from 3.0 to 3.1.
19 Jan 05:28: Magnitude recalculated from 3.1 to 3.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 0.4 to 0.3 km (from 0.2 to 0.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.5 km (0.9 mi) towards NW.
Update Mon, 18 Jan 2021, 21:03

Small 3.1 quake hits near Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States

3.1 quake 18 Jan 10:55 am (GMT -10)
3.1 quake 18 Jan 10:55 am (GMT -10)
An earthquake of magnitude 3.1 occurred in the morning on Monday 18 January 2021 at 10:55 am local time near Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 0.2 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.1 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Naalehu (pop. 870) located 5 miles from the epicenter, and Wai'ōhinu (pop. 210) 6 miles away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Pāhala (pop. 1,400) located 7 miles from the epicenter, and Hawaiian Ocean View (pop. 4,400) 14 miles away. In Honaunau-Napoopoo (pop. 2,600, 30 miles away), Volcano Village (pop. 2,600, 30 miles away), and Captain Cook (pop. 3,400, 34 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 18, 2021 20:55:33 UTC
Local time at epicenterMonday, Jan 18, 2021 at 10:55 am (GMT -10)
Depth0.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.1465°N / 155.56983°W (Hawaii, Hawaii, United States)
Antipode19.147°S / 24.43°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoMaunaloa (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities9 km (5 mi) N of Naalehu (pop: 866) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
11 km (7 mi) SW of Pāhala (pop: 1,360) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) ENE of Hawaiian Ocean View (pop: 4,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) SE of Honaunau-Napoopoo (pop: 2,570) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
48 km (30 mi) SW of Volcano Village (pop: 2,580) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
71 km (44 mi) SE of Kailua-Kona (Hawaii County) (pop: 12,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) SE of Kalaoa (Hawaii County) (pop: 9,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
80 km (50 mi) SW of Hawaiian Paradise Park (Hawaii County) (pop: 11,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
82 km (51 mi) SW of Hilo (pop: 43,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
339 km (211 mi) SE of Honolulu (pop: 371,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 23.9°C (75 F), humidity: 85%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 109 joules (1.11 megawatt hours, equivalent to 0.951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
3.20.3 kmIsland of Hawaii, Hawaii, USAUSGS


Seismic station: Pohakuloa, Hawaii, USA (POHA/IU network) | Distance from quake: 68 km / 42 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Pohakuloa, Hawaii, USA: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Pāhala, Hawaii, Hawaii (11 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)

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