Just had a bit of an earthquake. It's been quite a while since we've had an earthquake around here that we could feel in Naalehu. I was down at the post office in town when the floor gave a couple of jiggles, then thump! The building did a counterclockwise hula to a low, slow rumble-rumble-rumble. It was a significant earthquake, but not a biggie. It wasn't until I got home right now that I found out it occurred about 25 miles away under the ocean. A 5.6. If it had been closer, it would have been more attention getting.
Earthquakes use to happen in the area fairly frequently when we moved here. Small ones that you could hear coming down the mountain, give your house a rattle, then continue on down the hill. But for the past few years things have been pretty quiet around here. Pahala has been having small ones off and on, but not much on this side of the mountain/volcano. I've actually missed having them, and many people has said the same thing. We were so use to the frequent small shakers.
This earthquake was most likely associated with Lo'ihi, the newest volcano off the coast. Thus it doesn't mean something it going on with Mauna Loa, the volcano I live on. Eventually Mauna Loa will stir to life, but not this time.
Thursday when I get to my desk top computer again, I'll post the earthquake data for you to see. This is what we locals check on a regular basis to keep up to date on the earthquakes,