A magnitude 4.0 (+/- 0.4) earthquake has struck on the Southern flank of Pu’u O’o Volcano in Hawaii, part of the greater Kilauea volcanic complex located on the “Big Island”. The earthquake struck in the middle of the Southern lava fields off the Pu’u O’o caldera which reaches all the way from the peak of the Volcano into the ocean (several miles away). The earthquake may be a byproduct of large volumes of moving lava (magma) from the large flow which was observed coming from Pu’u O’o several weeks ago.
A quick review of the webcams streaming live at Pu’u O’o show nothing out of the ordinary (currently)…. but… looks can be deceiving when it comes to volcanic / seismic activity. In light of the other sudden volcanic eruptions which have occurred around the Pacific over the past week, it is prudent to keep watch in Hawaii as well. READ MORE