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Hawaii volcano eruption brings the state's worst earthquake in decades

Right on the heels of Thursday’s volcano eruption in Hawaii, a pair of earthquakes struck the state as residents contended with ongoing evacuations and noxious gas in the air. The first, a 5.4-magnitude quake according to the United States Geological Survey, occurred at around 11:30 a.m. local time near the southern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, just south of Kilauea volcano. A second, 6.9-magnitude quake followed roughly an hour later. SEE ALSO: 3D Image of Sierra Negra Could Help Us Understand Volcanoes According to the USGS, the latter one was the state’s strongest since a 7.1-magnitude quake that hit in “almost exactly the same location” in 1975. M 6.9 – 16km SW of Leilani Estates, Hawaii, 2018-05-04 22:32:55 UTC, 5.0 km depth. This...

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