5.3 quake strikes Hawaii; but no tsunami risk

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake hit about 5 p.m. and had an epicenter about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Kailua-Kona, a city of nearly 12,000 people on the island’s west coast, the agency said. The earthquake had a depth of about 10 miles (16 kilometers).

There is no danger of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service said.

Parts of the island may have experienced strong shaking, the center said. The U.S. Geological Survey says it has received 894 responses from people saying they had felt the earthquake.

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