5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hawaii, stirs fear of volcanic eruption

5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hawaii
Posted at 3:17 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 02:25:26-04

HAWAII (KGTV) -- The United States Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck Hawaii Thursday afternoon.

According to the USGS, the quake happened about 1:30 p.m., 11 miles south of Fern Acres on the Big Island.

The earthquake was just one of hundreds of earthquakes that have swarmed the island, prompting concerns that Kilauea Volcano could erupt.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory indicated that a volcanic eruption was possible but not imminent. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

The series of earthquakes came after a collapse of a crater floor of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano.

Since that collapse, about 250 earthquakes were reported in the area into Tuesday evening, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status report.

Check out the map below to see the area near where the earthquake hit: