Hawaii earthquake: ‘Very strong’ quake strikes near Big Island's Kilauea volcano

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The earthquake registered 5.3 magnitude and struck at 12.55am local time (10.55pm GMT). Residents recorded their experiences on earthquake-tracking website EMSC-CSEM. One said: “Very strong earthquake in Volcano, Hawaii.”

Another said: “Felt a big QUAKE here at 12:57am. Woke us outta sleep. Bed was just rocking and rolling!

“I noticed that it knocked things off my stove and shifted a few things around here and there a bit!”

Hawaii’s Civil Defence said no tsunami was expected because the earthquake “was not large enough”.

They added: “Be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.”

The US Geological Society said extensive damage caused by the earthquake was unlikely.

They said: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist.

“The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction.”

Last May, the Leilani Estates neighbourhood near Kilauea was evacuated after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake caused the creation of dangerous fissures.

Within days, dozens of homes had been destroyed by lava flows exacerbated by earthquakes in the region.

By the end of June, more than 650 homes had been destroyed with thousands of people evacuated.

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