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Magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Hawaii’s Big Island

June 21, 2017

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has hit off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, but no tsunami was generated and there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the earthquake was located about 16 miles (26 kilometers) southeast of the southern tip of the island at a depth of 24 miles (38 kilometers).

Officials with the observatory say the earthquake was caused by the bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the island, and it does not pose a significant hazard.

The U.S. Geological Survey received about 150 reports of people feeling light shaking from the small quake.

Hawaii County officials say the earthquake did not generate a tsunami threat.

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