The earthquake that was reported off the Hawaiian south eastern coast had a magnitude of 5.3. The US Geological survey had earlier reported a magnitude at 5.6. The quake which rocked the region on Tuesday afternoon was centred around 34 miles southeast of Pahala on the Big Island.
The shock emanated at a depth of approximately 25 miles. Though there was a scare of a possible tsunami strike, officials have ruled out such an incidence.
The quake rattled even places as far away as Maui and Oahu, though weak. Meanwhile, a report says that the Oahu Department of Emergency Management believes that a few areas may have experienced stronger shocks .
According to a report, Wes Thele, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismic Network manager, has been quoted as saying that the earth being sound down there, cracks aren’t many. That in fact has made shock waves travel very efficiently.
Not much major damage has been reported as yet.