A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i on Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The earthquake comes as the Mauna Loa volcano, the world’s largest active volcano, erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years on the same island, creating spectacular scenes of lava shooting into the air as red smoke illuminated the skies.
The earthquake was reported at 3:37 a.m., located about six miles east of Pāhala at a depth of approximately 20 miles.
“The earthquake was not related to the eruption at Mauna Loa, and had no apparent impact on the ongoing eruptions at Mauna Loa or Kīlauea,” according to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory via Maui Now.
The earthquake that occurred is a part of a series of earthquakes that have been occurring in the Pahlala area since 2019.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no…