Strongest earthquake in 43 years hits Hawaii: Thousands of homes lose power, lava from Kilauea volcano spews onto streets, roads are cracked and emergency shelters open for evacuees | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Strongest earthquake in 43 years hits Hawaii: Thousands of homes lose power, lava from Kilauea volcano spews onto streets, roads are cracked and emergency shelters open for evacuees

The strongest earthquake in 43 years struck Hawaii's Big Island near the volcanic eruption at Kilauea which has forced residents to flee their homes.

The earthquake hit about 12.33pm Friday and was centered near the south flank of Kilauea volcano. It is the strongest earthquake to hit Hawaii since 1975 when a magnitude 7.1 struck in the same area, according to US Geological Survey records.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the quake wasn't strong enough to cause a tsunami but several reports do state that there were small tsunami waves around the Big Island. No tsunami threat or advisory has been put in place.

The state transportation department said on Twitter that no damage has been reported to roads but there has been more than 14,000 utility customers without power.

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