Hawaii Kilauea volcano: 4.4-magnitude earthquake strikes

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii's Big Island Friday near the summit of Kilauea voclano, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the largest of several quakes that struck Friday. The tremor did not generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB

The agency says the island doesn't face a tsunami threat after the temblor struck around 12:44 p.m. Friday. County officials have warned of aftershocks. 

An earthquake at 6 p.m. Thursday sent an ash cloud 10,000 feet into the air, the USGS said. 

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting for three weeks, spewing lava from cracks that emerged in neighborhoods and sending ash sky-high from its summit. Earthquakes also have been occurring.

Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82. So far, lava has covered 3.4 square miles of land in lower Puna, cutting off access to at least 37 homes, KGMB reports. About 2,000 people were ordered to evacuate from the rural communities where the lava fissures opened.

On Thursday night, resident Isaac Krakauer took to Facebook Live to document lava flows claiming several homes in the Leilani Estates subdivision. 

"This is insane. This lava is advancing at about two feet more minute and we're seeing this river move across this lawn taking that house in a matter of minutes," Krakauer said in the video, as he documents a landscape on fire — a field of lava over lawns, covering trees and advancing on homes.

"This thing is moving so fast. It's hard to even look at it, it's so bright and hot," Krakauer said. 

U.S.

More U.S.

Politics

More Politics

World

More World

Entertainment

More Entertainment

Technology

More Technology

Science

More Science

Health

More Health

MoneyWatch

More MoneyWatch

Crime

More Crime

Space

More Space

Latest Galleries

More Latest Galleries

Popular

More Popular

Popular

Samantha Bee on WHCD alternative, Trump

For the first time in years, the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner this Saturday will not have a comedian as its featured speaker. A historian, Ron Chernow, will be the featured speaker. Meanwhile, comedian Samantha Bee will be hosting an alternative for the second time: Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Bee joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how political comedy has changed over her career and the Trump presidency.

Jordan McLinn attends W.H. Easter egg roll

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the 141st White House Easter egg roll on Monday, a tradition that dates back to 1878. Among the guests was 10-year-old Jordan McLinn, who's battling muscular dystrophy. We first told you about Jordan in 2015, when he became the face of the "right to try" campaign. That movement was pushing to get some patients easier access to experimental drugs. Jordan ran up and down the White House lawn on Monday, something his mom says he was able to do because of the treatments they fought for.

More in Popular

We and our partners use cookies to understand how you use our site, improve your experience and serve you personalized content and advertising. Read about how we use cookies in our cookie policy and how you can control them by clicking Manage Settings. By continuing to use this site, you accept these cookies.