Multiple earthquakes continue to rattle Kilauea on the Big Island. The latest one happening this morning, as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the summit in the latest of a string of quakes that have been hitting Kilauea since Wednesday. The earthquake, recorded at 3:53 a.m., was centered near the summit of Kilauea. A police dispatcher in Hilo said she had not received any reports of damage.
While Hawaii is no stranger to earthquakes, the sheer amount of quakes hitting the Kilauea area is somewhat alarming. According to USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin, the earthquake struck on land and there was no danger of a tsunami.
A massive amount of smaller earthquakes have been hitting Kilauea since earlier this week. According to USGS officials, a swarm of more than 60 small, shallow quakes — the strongest measuring magnitude 3.2 — were recorded in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Swarms of small quakes have been recorded before in the area and sometimes signal a shift in the eruption of the east rift of the volcano, they said.
On Thursday night a magnitude 4.1 earthquake was also felt on Hawaii island. That earthquake, which hit at 9:11 p.m., was centered 5 miles west of Volcano at a depth of 3.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Hawaii is known to have earthquakes al the time, albeit small ones. However, this is quite a large number even for Hawaii. We will continue to update on this, but for now it seems that there is no immediate danger.