At 18:27:14.3 on June 27, 1962 an earthquake of moderate intensity occurred near the Kaoiki fault system between the volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawaii. It was felt strongly on Hawaii, where it caused minor property damage, and was perceptible as far as Oahu to the north-west.

Intense aftershock activity continued for several weeks; 1540 aftershocks were recorded during the initial 60 hours. A hyperbolic decay in the number of aftershocks with increasing time was evident. The epicentral zone covered about 150 square km and focal depths ranged from 3 to 12 km.

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