WASHINGTON – The eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, United States, which began spitting lava more than a month ago, caused a 5.2-magnitude quake on Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey.
The earthquake occurred at 0234 GMT at a very shallow depth of 1,100 meters (3,609 feet) and its epicenter was located five kilometers from the Kilauea volcano on the largest island of the Hawaii archipelago.
The closest city to the epicenter is Hawaiian Paradise Park, with a population of more than 11,400, many of whom had already been evacuated following the eruption of the volcano.
The other cities close to the epicenter are Hilo, located 40.9 kilometers away with a population of 43,263; Kailua-Kona, 79 kilometers away and Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, which is on a different island than the one affected by the quake.
Prior to May 3 – when the Kilauea volcano erupted for the first time – the region had recorded a series of tremors of magnitude 5.
In June, the USGS reported that the flow of the volcano is still very active and there was no way of knowing when the eruption would end or if more vents would open up.
NASA images showed black lava from the successive eruptions of the Kilauea covering large parts of the island.