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Weak mag. 3.2 earthquake - 4.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 5:33 pm (GMT -10) -

Weak mag. 3.2 earthquake - 4.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 5:33 pm (GMT -10) Weak mag. 3.2 earthquake - 4.1 mi southwest of Pāhala, Hawaii County, USA, on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 5:33 pm (GMT -10)

Weak magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 34 km depth

18 Nov 03:38 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 4 minutes.
18 Nov 03:38: Now using data updates from USGS
18 Nov 03:40: Magnitude recalculated from 3.3 to 2.9.
18 Nov 03:47: Magnitude recalculated from 2.9 to 3.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 33.5 to 34.4 km (from 21 to 21 mi).
Update Thu, 18 Nov 2021, 03:51

Magnitude 3.2 earthquake strikes near Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA

3.2 quake 17 Nov 5:33 pm (GMT -10)
3.2 quake 17 Nov 5:33 pm (GMT -10)
The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.2 quake in the United States near Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, only 17 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the afternoon on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 5:33 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 21 miles. 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 3.2 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Pāhala (pop. 1,400) located 4 miles from the epicenter. In Hawaiian Ocean View (pop. 4,400, 18 miles away), Volcano Village (pop. 2,600, 27 miles away), Mountain View (pop. 3,900, 38 miles away), Holualoa (pop. 8,500, 43 miles away), Hawaiian Paradise Park (pop. 11,400, 46 miles away), Kailua-Kona (pop. 12,000, 47 miles away), and Hilo (pop. 43,300, 48 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 18, 2021 03:33:56 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 5:33 pm (GMT -10)
Depth34.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.14983°N / 155.5055°W (Hawaii, Hawaii, United States)
Antipode19.15°S / 24.495°E
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoLoihi (35 km / 22 mi)
Nearby towns and cities7 km (4 mi) SSW of Pāhala (pop: 1,360) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
29 km (18 mi) ENE of Hawaiian Ocean View (pop: 4,440) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) SW of Volcano Village (pop: 2,580) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
51 km (32 mi) SE of Honaunau-Napoopoo (pop: 2,570) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
61 km (38 mi) SW of Mountainview (pop: 3,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
75 km (46 mi) SW of Hawaiian Paradise Park (Hawaii County) (pop: 11,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
75 km (47 mi) SE of Kailua-Kona (Hawaii County) (pop: 12,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) SW of Hilo (pop: 43,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (51 mi) SE of Kalaoa (Hawaii County) (pop: 9,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
343 km (213 mi) SE of Honolulu (pop: 371,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 27.2°C (81 F), humidity: 90%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from ENE
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.
3.234 km6 Km SSW of Pāhala, HawaiiUSGS


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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. 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.
96737 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short (reported through our app)

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