A very MAJOR earthquake has just struck the big island of Hawaii.  The magnitude 6.9 quake struck at 6:32 PM eastern US time at an extremely shallow depth of 5km.   The quake was widely felt and severe . . . . catastrophic . . .  damage has taken place over almost ALL of the big island of Hawaii.

This is a MAJOR DISASTER and comes as the Kilauea Volcano continues a MAJOR eruption on that same island.   Large portions of Hawaii have been severely damaged by this earthquake.  Deaths, injuries and collapsed structures are expected.

This is a developing story . . . Updates to follow below . . . 


UPDATE 7:16 PM EDT -- 

Tsunami Warning Buoys in the Pacific Ocean are in "ALERT" Mode.  Possible Tsunami from this massive, shallow earthquake. 

Here are the data buoy charts showing the water depth change in the seconds before, during and after the quake:

These Buoys, operated by the US National Data Buoy Center, can be viewed HERE