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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:18 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2006

No damage reported following Big Island quake

Advertiser Staff

HILO, Hawai'i — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rumbled across parts of the Big Island at 8:57 a.m. today, but there were no reports of damage.

The quake was located about 2 miles northwest of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at the Kilauea summit, at a depth of 4 miles, according to observatory scientists. It was felt in Volcano, Glenwood, Papa'ikou and Holualoa.

Four smaller earthquakes were recorded in the same region by 9:30 a.m., the largest a magnitude-3.1 event at 8:59 a.m.

The larger earthquake was the first magnitude-4.0 or greater temblor to occur in the Namakani Paio campground area since April 26, 2001, the HVO said.

"These persistent earthquakes, located within the Ka'oiki fault zone of Mauna Loa, are possibly an adjustment to the continuing expansion of the Kilauea summit," said a statement from the HVO.

For more information, visit the observatory's Web site at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov.