Hundreds of earthquakes in Hawaii are shaking the eastern side of Big Island, prompting concerns that Kilauea Volcano could erupt. The US Geological Survey revised the most severe quake to a magnitude 5 from the 4.6 reported earlier. It hit at 10:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. Within half an hour, two more quakes came, registering at 2.5 and 2.7. There have been a total of six smaller earthquakes since the biggest one, the agency said.
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake on Thursday rocked several communities on the Big Island that are already bracing for a possible volcanic eruption after hundreds of small earthquakes jolted the region. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the quake, which struck at 10:30 a.m. local time, "caused rockfalls and possibly an additional collapse" into the Pu'u O'o, a crater on the Kilauea volcano that has been slowly crumbling.
Residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are being told to prepare for a possible eruption at Mount Kiluaea, one of the state’s most active volcanoes, after a series of more than 200 small earthquakes, CNN reports. Kiluaea has actually been erupting regularly since 1983, and its lava flows are one of the island’s biggest tourist attractions. The initial 1983 eruption sent lava more than 1,500 feet in the air, according to the AP.