The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 5.0-magnitude earthquake has struck Hawaii’s Big Island.
The temblor Thursday is the latest and largest in a series of hundreds of small earthquakes to shake the island’s active volcano, Kilauea, since the Puu Oo (POO’-oo OH’-oh) vent crater floor collapsed and caused magma to rush into new underground chambers. Scientists say a new eruption in the region is possible.
The quake was centered about 4.3-miles (6.9 kilometers) deep on the south flank of Kilauea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the earthquake was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami.