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Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Information Statement - KAMA'EHUAKANALOA (Lōʻihi)

6:41 AM · Jul 18, 2022

Increased seismic activity beneath Kamaʻehuakanaloa (Lōʻihi) seamount, south of the Island of Hawaiʻi, began at approximately 2:00 a.m. HST on July 16, 2022. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected seismic tremor marked by pulses of seismic energy every 15-20 seconds, which is still ongoing at the time of this release. Approximately 24 hours after this activity began, two dozen M1.8-M3.0 earthquakes occurred from 1:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on July 17th. According to HVO Scientist-in-Charge Ken Hon “This seismic activity is likely the result of magma movement beneath Kamaʻehuakanaloa seamount and currently shows no sign of leading to an eruption. If the swarm intensifies or changes significantly, HVO will issue an additional notice. Because of the great depth of the volcano within the ocean and style of Hawaiian eruptions, an eruption of Kamaʻehuakanaloa would pose no threat to the Island of Hawaiʻi. Neither Mauna Loa nor Kīlauea volcanoes show any change in activity associated with this earthquake swarm.” EARTHQUAKE SWARM DESCRIPTION Magnitude range: up to M3.0 (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv73077912) Date and time: Starting at 2:00 a.m. HST on July 16, 2022, and ongoing Location: 27 mi (44 km) SE of Nāʻālehu Depth: 1-10 mi (2-16 km) below sea level Number of located events: 24 as of this writing INTENSITY OF EARTHQUAKES AND AFFECTED AREAS Potential Damage: No damage to buildings or infrastructure expected based on earthquake intensity Maximum Modified Mercalli Scale Intensity: I—no shaking felt (https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/earthquake-hazards/science/modified-mercalli-intensity-scale) Felt Reports: None (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/dyfi/) Felt Area: Not felt EARTHQUAKE MAPS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USGS National Earthquake Information Center Latest Earthquakes Map website: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ USGS-HVO Interactive Earthquake Map of Hawaiʻi: https://www.usgs.gov/observatories/hawaiian-volcano-observatory/earthquakes Background: Intermittent earthquake activity has been recorded in the vicinity of Kama‘ehuakanaloa (Lō‘ihi) since as early as 1952. The most energetic earthquake sequence occurred in July-August 1996, which included more than 4,000 earthquakes, with nearly 300 events larger than M3.0 and 95 events in the M4.0 to 4.9 range. More recently, a swarm of 100 earthquakes occurred on May 11, 2020, with 18 events in the M3.0 to 3.9 range. There are no working monitoring instruments on Kama‘ehuakanaloa volcano, whose peak is about 1,000 m (3,280 ft) below sea level. All real-time information about the volcano is derived from land-based seismometers on the Island of Hawai‘i.

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