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Small earthquake strikes off Hawaii island's east coast

August 19, 2017 12:54 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory says the earthquake struck at 8:35 p.m. Friday about 66 miles (107 kilometers) northeast of the town of Hawaiian Beaches on the island's east coast.

The agency reports that about 100 people on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Oahu said they felt the earthquake.

Brian Shiro, the agency's seismic network manager, says the earthquake was likely caused by the bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the island. He says it does not pose no significant hazard. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no tsunami threat and that the quake had no effect on Kilauea Volcano.

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