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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes near Hawaii

Associated Press

PAHALA, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.6 earthquake struck off the southeast coast of Hawaii.

Tuesday afternoon's earthquake was centered about 34 miles southeast of Pahala on the Big Island, at a depth of about 25 miles. Officials say it's not expected to generate a tsunami.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says there are no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS website says people as far away as Maui and Oahu reported feeling weak shaking. The Oahu Department of Emergency Management says some areas may have experienced strong shaking.

Kevin Dayton, the executive assistant to the mayor, says he felt a large jolt in the county building in Hilo. Tony Andrade, a stock clerk at the Mizuno Superette grocery store in Pahala, says the shelves rocked but nothing fell off.

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