87°F
weather icon Clear

Kilauea explosion triggers quake in Hawaii, no damage reported

Updated June 9, 2018 - 7:26 pm

HONOLULU — A small explosion on the summit of Kilauea volcano has triggered an earthquake but there are no reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 5.2 earthquake happened around 4:50 a.m. Saturday on the Big Island and felt as far as Hilo.

Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say communities on the south part of the island may be impacted by falling ash.

They say the explosion was not unusual.

Hawaii County Civil Defense agency officials are allowing residents with official credentials to enter Leilani Estates. However, they should be ready to evacuate with little notice.

A large flow of lava from a fissure that has already destroyed hundreds of homes is continuing to enter the ocean at Kapoho Bay.

Residents should avoid the resulting laze plume.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Rumors, confusion, fear reign on Mexico border with new US policy

Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo grapple to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refuge claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America.

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.