4.7 earthquake rattles Hawaii

20 small aftershocks recorded near Big Island

HILO, Hawaii | January 23, 2012


No damage was reported in the aftermath of a 4.7-magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks that rattled Hawaii's Big Island, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, 5 miles beneath Kilauea volcano. The epicenter was 26 miles south of Hilo and 222 miles southeast of Honolulu.

About 20 small aftershocks were recorded, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The Holei Pali area of Kilauea's south flank has had 16 earthquakes of 4.5-magnitude or greater in the past 50 years, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb said.

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