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Weak 2.5M quake strikes Puna Friday (March 14)

View 2.5M Quake, Eden Roc, Hawaii in a larger map


13.1km (8.1mi)

Event Time
2014-03-15 00:10:37 UTC
2014-03-14 14:10:37 UTC-10:00 at epicenter
2014-03-14 14:10:37 UTC-10:00 system time

19.495°N 155.117°W depth=13.1km (8.1mi)

Nearby Cities
4km (2mi) WSW of Fern Acres, Hawaii
18km (11mi) SW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
26km (16mi) S of Hilo, Hawaii
93km (58mi) E of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
349km (217mi) SE of Honolulu, Hawaii

A weak 2.5 magnitude earthquake centered in the Eden Roc subdivision area shook the Big Island at 2:10 p.m. Friday (March 14). Earthquakes this small are unlikely to cause damage.

USGS: How large does an earthquake have to be to cause a tsunami?

Magnitudes below 6.5
Earthquakes of this magnitude are very unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5
Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis. However, small sea level changes may be observed in the vicinity of the epicenter. Tsunamis capable of producing damage or casualties are rare in this magnitude range but have occurred due to secondary effects such as landslides or submarine slumps.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8
Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed. Tsunamis capable of producing damage at great distances are rare in the magnitude range.

Magnitude 7.9 and greater
Destructive local tsunamis are possible near the epicenter, and significant sea level changes and damage may occur in a broader region.

Note that with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the probability of an aftershock with a magnitude exceeding 7.5 is not negligible. To date, the largest aftershock recorded has been magnitude 7.1 that did not produce a damaging tsunami.

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