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Early morning magnitude 4.7 earthquake off Maui posed no tsunami threat

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The United States Geological Survey map of the magnitude 4.7 earthquake off the coast of Maui at 12:51 a.m. on Jan. 25, 2022.

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck off Maui early Tuesday, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat.

The temblor hit roughly 6 miles north-northeast of Wailua, at a depth of 25 miles, just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“No tsunami is expected … however, some areas may have experienced shaking,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage.

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Ken Hon, the earthquake had no observable impact on Hawaiʻi’s active volcanoes.

“This earthquake was located off the coast of Maui at a depth indicative of oceanic plate bending due to the weight of the islands. This is a common source for earthquakes in this area and is not related to volcanic activity. Webcams and other data streams show no impact on Mauna Loa or Kīlauea," he said.

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