Hawaii oh-no! Two hurricanes, earthquake occur in matter of days

A recent earthquake and two hurricanes on the way are making for a bad week in paradise.

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit near Waimea, Hawaii this morning, less than 12 hours before a hurricane is expected to make landfall.

Hawaii rarely sees hurricanes, let alone a direct hit by one, but Hurricane Iselle is defying the odds today.


To defy odds even further, Hurricane Julio, which will likely be a tropical storm by the weekend, is going to skirt just north of the Pacific island chain on Saturday and Sunday.


Hurricane warnings have been issued for the big island and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the other islands.

Since 1950, there have only been twenty-three tropical storms and hurricanes that passed within 200 miles of Hawaii. That's roughly one tropical cyclone every two or three years.


If you only consider storms within 75 miles of the islands, that number drops to 10.


Most of the time, hurricanes and tropical storms approaching Hawaii do one of two things: They either change directions and avoid the island or they weaken considerably into depressions. (It's just the opposite of what people do when thinking of traveling there.)

The last time anything similar to this happening was in July 1994. Hurricane Emilia passed just south of the island in late July. Not long after, Tropical Storm Fabio, which had weakened into a depression at that point, moved just south of the islands, too.

In this case, neither storm made a direct hit nor did they cause much damage.

The next few days look like it'll be more intense and more dangerous this time around.

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