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Earthquake, aftershocks rattle Hawaii's Big Island

A magnitude 6.2 earthquakes struck near the coast of Hawaii's Big Island Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said

The main quake hit at around noon, 17 miles south of the southern tip of the island, the USGS said. At least six aftershocks followed, including a magnitude 4.3 temblor in the same area. The USGS received 2,000 reports from Hawaiians who said they felt the quakes. No damage or injuries have been reported, although several people did say they saw items falling off shelves.

Ken Hon, the scientist-in-charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that Sunday's earthquakes are not tied to last month's eruption of the Kilauea volcano. 

UPDATE, Oct. 11: This article initially cited reports that there were two main earthquakes, not one. It has been updated.