A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the north coast of Molokai just after midnight Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The USGS reported that the quake was centered 30 miles north of Kualapu’u, and 48 miles east-northeast of Kailua, at a depth of 21.6 miles. Initially it was reported at 4.0 on the Richter Scale but was then upgraded to a magnitude of 4.5.
The earthquake did not generate a tsunami according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach. No injuries or damage was reported on Molokai.
Households along the south shore in the Kaunakakai area (including my own) felt the ground shake. More than 60 responses were reported on the USGS website’s “did you feel it” page from across Oahu, Molokai and as far away as Kapaa, Kauai, 157 miles west of the epicenter.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials said that 10 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or larger have occurred north of Molokai in the past 20 years, including a magnitude-4.1 earthquake on May 20, 2005.