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Moderate quake strikes off Hawaii island; no tsunami generated

A moderate earthquake struck in the deep ocean off Hawaii island this afternoon but did not generate a tsunami, officials said.

The quake, with a magnitude of 5.3, struck at about 2:12 p.m. and was centered 34 miles southeast of Pahala and 31 miles south of Kalapana, at a depth of about 25 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake initially was listed as a magnitude 5.2, briefly upgraded to 5.6 before USGS scientists reassessed and downgraded it to a magnitude 5.3.

No tsunami was generated but "some areas may have experienced strong shaking," according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach.

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