May 4, 2018 / 10:28 PM / 19 days ago

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits Hawaii's Big Island where volcano erupting - USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, just south of where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing flows of lava into residential areas, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.

The USGS said the tremor was very shallow - only 4.3 miles (7 km) deep - and centred 11 miles (17.7 km) southeast of Fern Forest.

The USGS said earlier the eruption of the volcano, one of five on the island, followed a series of earthquakes over the past week.

Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington, editing by G Crosse

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