Magnitude 6.9 Quake Reported in Hawaii; Epicenter at Heart of Erupting Volcano

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Hawaii Island on Friday, with its epicenter at the heart of the newly erupting Kilauea volcano.

A firefighter takes photos near steam rising from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighter takes photos near steam rising from a fissure in Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island on May 4, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The earthquake could be felt across the state, including Oahu, the home of the state capital of Honolulu.

The earthquake occurred around 12:32 p.m., about an hour after a magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit the same area. Officials did not expect a damaging tsunami.

"It caused a lot of shaking in Hilo. There's been some minor sea level fluctuations and we do not expect a damaging tsunami," said Cindi Preller, a geologist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.

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