M4.0 Quake in East Hawaii unrelated to Mauna Loa eruption
Officials with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say an early morning earthquake outside of Pāhala was not related to the eruption of Mauna Loa and had no apparent impact on the ongoing eruptions at Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.
Additionally, there is no tsunami threat.
At approximately 3:27 a.m., the magnitude-4.0 tumbler rumbled six miles east of Pāhala, 20 miles below sea level. This earthquake is part of the seismic swarm under the Pāhala area, which has been going on since 2019. Earthquakes in this region have been observed at least as far back as the 1960s (https://www.usgs.gov/news/volcano-watch-why-do-so-many-deep-earthquakes-happen-around-pahala).
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes.