On February 9, 2024, the Big Island of Hawaii experienced a magnitude-5.7 Earthquake Strikes, with some reports of shaking felt as far as 200 miles away in Honolulu. The earthquake, which occurred at approximately 10 a.m. local time, was centered 11 miles south of Naalehu, Hawaii, at a depth of 6 miles. Despite the significant magnitude, no tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Did You Feel It? page, residents in Honolulu on the island of Oahu reported feeling the shaking. Subsequent aftershocks were also felt in the same area. Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of significant damage caused by the earthquake.
Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth, who happened to be in Honolulu for a cardiologist appointment at the time of the earthquake, described feeling dizzy initially before realizing it was an earthquake. He promptly contacted emergency management officials to assess the situation. Roth anticipated reports of damage to emerge within the coming hours but assured that there was no tsunami threat associated with the earthquake.
Reports from residents on the Big Island described varying degrees of shaking and rattling. Julia Neal, the owner of Pahala Plantation Cottages, reported that a mirror and brass lamp fell during the forceful shaking. Meanwhile, Derek Nelson, the manager of the Kona Canoe Club restaurant in Kona, noted that while the earthquake was felt strongly, there was no visible damage to the area.
As residents assess any potential damage and safety concerns, the earthquake serves as a reminder of the seismic activity present in the region and the importance of preparedness for such events.