Historic Earthquakes in Hawaii

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  • South flank of Kilauea, Hawaii - M 7.0 Earthquake

    A magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the South Flank of Kilauea on the Big Island damaged stone walls and native dwellings in addition to creating large fissures in the ground. More Information: USGS
  • Ka'u District, Island of Hawaii - M 7.0 Earthquake

    This magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the Ka`u District of the Big Island was a foreshock to the April 3rd event. The earthquake damaged stone buildings and walls. More Information: USGS
  • Ka'u District, Island of Hawaii - M 7.9 Earthquake / Fatalities 77

    Hawaii’s largest earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 7.9 that devastated Hawaii’s natural landscape. This earthquake also generated a tsunami, landslide, and volcanic eruption that took the lives of 77 people. More Information: USGS
  • Lanai, Hawaii - M 6.8 Earthquake

    Near Lanai a magnitude 6.8 earthquake caused severe damage on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai, although the quake was felt on all islands. Cliffs were thrown in to the sea and large fissures were seen in the ground. More Information: USGS
  • Holualoa, Hawaii - M 6.5 Earthquake

    A magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Holualoa of the big Island tipped over telephone poles, burst water tanks, and displaced the foundations of many walls and houses. More Information: USGS
  • Maui, Hawaii - M 6.8 Earthquake

    Just north of the Island of Maui a magnitude 6.8 earthquake caused property damaged estimated at $150,000. Landslides occurred on Maui in addition to burst oil and water tanks. Severe ground cracks also formed on Molokai with minor damage on Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, and the Big Island. More Information: USGS
  • Kona, Hawaii - M 6.9 Earthquake

    In Napoopoo, Hawai`i a magnitude 6.9 earthquake damaged 200 water tanks and threw down many stone walls. Many aftershocks occurred throughout September and a small tsunami was recorded in Hilo after the quake. More Information: USGS
  • Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 6.2 Earthquake

    This magnitude 6.2 earthquake on the Big Island caused $5.75 million in property damage. Landslides and ground cracks were recorded, causing a state of panic. No lives were lost, but 11 were injured. More Information: USGS
  • Kalapana, Hawaii - M 7.2 Earthquake / Fatalities 2

    Kalapana, Hawaii - M 7.2 Earthquake / Fatalities 2
    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Kalapana of the Big Island generated a tsunami that killed two people and injured many others. Ground movements, aftershocks, and a brief volcanic eruption also contributed to the $4.1 million of property damage. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Shake Map
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Kaoiki, Hawaii - M 6.7 Earthquake

    Kaoiki, Hawaii - M 6.7 Earthquake
    On the Island of Hawai`i this magnitude 6.2 earthquake caused severe property damage. Landslides and ground cracks were also recorded on the southern part of the Big Island, six people were injured. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Damaged Building in Hilo.
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Volcano, Hawaii - M 4.7 Earthquake

    Volcano, Hawaii - M 4.7 Earthquake
    On this date a magnitude 4.7 earthquake occurred near the town of Volcano on the Big Island. No major damage was reported. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 5.3 Earthquake

    Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 5.3 Earthquake
    This magnitude 5.3 earthquake happened near the Big Island. It was felt mostly on the northern and eastern side of the island of Hawaii, but it was also felt on Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 5.1 Earthquake

    Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 5.1 Earthquake
    Just two days after the July 15th earthquake this magnitude 5.2 earthquake occurred. This earthquake also happened near the Big Island. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 6.7 Earthquake

    Hawaii region, Hawaii - M 6.7 Earthquake
    Near the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island this magnitude 6.7 earthquake caused damaged estimated at $73 million. Power outages were common on all islands, minor injuries were also recorded, and a small tsunami was observed (wave height of 10cm). More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.4 Earthquake

    Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.4 Earthquake
    On the Island of Hawaii a magnitude 5.4 earthquake was felt. No major property damage was recorded. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS
  • Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.2 Earthquake

    Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.2 Earthquake
    This magnitude 5.2 earthquake happened on the Big Island. No major property damage was recorded. More Information: USGS Picture Caption: Earthquake Location
    Picture Source: USGS