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Mag. 2.1 quake - 3.8 mi south of Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 04:33 pm (Honolulu time) -

A light magnitude 2.1 earthquake hit near Hawaii island, USA, in the afternoon of Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 4.33 pm local time (Pacific/Honolulu GMT -10). The quake had a very shallow depth of 12.1 km (8 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Mag. 2.1 quake - 3.8 mi south of Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 04:33 pm (Honolulu time) Mag. 2.1 quake - 3.8 mi south of Pāhala, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA, on Monday, Nov 27, 2023, at 04:33 pm (Honolulu time)

Minor magnitude 2.1 earthquake at 12 km depth

28 Nov 02:36 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 3 minutes.
28 Nov 02:39: Magnitude recalculated from 2.2 to 2.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 12.3 to 12.1 km (from 7.6 to 7.5 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.8 km (1.1 mi) towards SSE.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 28, 2023 02:33:25 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Nov 27, 2023, at 04:33 pm (Pacific/Honolulu GMT -10)
StatusPreliminary (automatic detection)
Magnitude2.1
Depth12.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.1482°N / 155.4802°W Hawaii, Hawaii, United States
Seismic antipode19.1482°S / 24.5198°E
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Nearest volcanoLoihi (34 km / 21 mi)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 25.1°C (77 F), humidity: 83%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from ENE
Estimated seismic energy released8.9 x 107 joules (24.8 kilowatt hours) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is Pāhala, a town with 1,400 inhabitants in the United States, in 6.1 km (3.8 mi) distance north of the epicenter. People likely experienced very weak shaking there.
The following table shows some of the places that might have been affected (or not) by the shaking.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
6 km (4 mi)
N of epicenter
Pāhala
(pop: 1,360)
II: Very weak
Hawaii, Hawaii
14 km (9 mi)
SW of epicenter
Naalehu
(pop: 866)
I: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
31 km (19 mi)
W of epicenter
Ocean View
(pop: 4,440)
I: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
42 km (26 mi)
NE of epicenter
Volcano Village
(pop: 2,580)
I: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
51 km (31 mi)
NE of epicenter
Fern Forest
(pop: 931)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
53 km (33 mi)
NW of epicenter
Honaunau-Napoopoo
(pop: 2,570)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
60 km (37 mi)
NE of epicenter
Mountainview
(pop: 3,920)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
69 km (43 mi)
NE of epicenter
Leilani Estates
(pop: 1,560)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
72 km (45 mi)
NW of epicenter
Holualoa
(pop: 8,540)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
73 km (45 mi)
NE of epicenter
Hawaiian Paradise Park
(pop: 11,400)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
77 km (48 mi)
NE of epicenter
Hilo
(pop: 43,300)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
83 km (52 mi)
NW of epicenter
Kalaoa
(pop: 9,640)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
86 km (53 mi)
NE of epicenter
Pepeekeo
(pop: 1,790)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
94 km (58 mi)
N of epicenter
Waikoloa
(pop: 4,810)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
97 km (60 mi)
N of epicenter
Laupāhoehoe
(pop: 581)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
99 km (62 mi)
N of epicenter
Waimea
(pop: 9,210)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
100 km (62 mi)
N of epicenter
Pa‘auilo
(pop: 595)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
104 km (64 mi)
N of epicenter
Honokaa
(pop: 2,260)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
109 km (68 mi)
N of epicenter
Kukuihaele
(pop: 336)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
125 km (78 mi)
N of epicenter
Kapaau
(pop: 1,730)
: Not felt
Hawaii, Hawaii
187 km (116 mi)
N of epicenter
Hana
(pop: 1,240)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
201 km (125 mi)
N of epicenter
Wailua
(pop: 2,160)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
206 km (128 mi)
NW of epicenter
Kīhei
(pop: 20,900)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
208 km (129 mi)
NW of epicenter
Pukalani
(pop: 7,570)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
215 km (134 mi)
NW of epicenter
Haiku-Pauwela
(pop: 8,120)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
220 km (137 mi)
NW of epicenter
Kahului
(pop: 26,300)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
222 km (138 mi)
NW of epicenter
Wailuku
(pop: 15,300)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
229 km (142 mi)
NW of epicenter
Lahaina
(pop: 11,700)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
240 km (149 mi)
NW of epicenter
Lanai
(pop: 3,100)
: Not felt
Maui County, Hawaii
345 km (215 mi)
NW of epicenter
Honolulu
(pop: 371,700)
: Not felt
Hawaii
Notes:
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

User-reports for this quake

There are no user reports for this quake yet.
At magnitude 2.1, such a quake wouldn't normally be felt by people except under very favorable conditions.
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User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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.
Mag Depth Time GMT
2023-11-28
Epicenter Agency
2.1 12 km
7.5 mi
02:33:25 Island of Hawaii, Hawaii EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
2.2 12 km
7.6 mi
02:33:21 4 Km SSW of Pāhala, Hawaii
1.8 km (1.1 mi) epicenter difference with EMSC
USGS (United States Geological Survey)
1.9 10 km
6.2 mi
(*)
02:33:25 Hawaii
0 km (0 mi) epicenter difference with EMSC
IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology)
Notes:
(*) A depth given as 10 km often means that the the depth of the quake could not determined with sufficient accuracy.

Seismograms

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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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 86,000 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 7 or higher: 0.02 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 50 years)
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.22 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 4.5 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 6.2 quakes per year
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 17.2 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 291 quakes per year (or 24.3 quakes per month)
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 5,300 quakes per year (or 14.4 quakes per day)
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 8,000 quakes per year (or 21.9 quakes per day)
The area where this quake occurred has a very high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 2 quakes above magnitude 7 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 60 to 65 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

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