6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Hawaii near recently erupted Kīlauea volcano

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck Hawaii, near the recently erupted Kīlauea Volcano.

The quake hit at 12:30pm on Friday (local time), at a depth of 18km, the US Geological Survey reports.

There is no tsunami warning in place, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no damage has been reported on the roads.

On Thursday 1700 residents in Leilani Estates surrounding Kīlauea Volcano evacuated the area.

Shortly after 5pm local time, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said: "lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision."

Kīlauea is the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the islands of Hawaii. Located along the southern shore of the island, the volcano is between 300,000 and 600,000 years old and emerged above sea level about 100,000 years ago.

Hundreds of earthquakes - most of them around 2.0 magnitude - have been recorded in the area recently, CNN reported. The string of earthquakes came after a collapse of a crater floor of Pu'u 'Ō'ō, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea Volcano.

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