4.9 earthquake reported 160 miles from New Orleans

Earthquake at sea not strong enough to prompt tsunami alert

By Luke Dorris - Meteorologist

MIAMI - The National Tsunami Warning Center reported a 4.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon, but there was no threat of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake was about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans and 120 miles southeast of Grand Isle.

There was also a 5.6 earthquake reported 21 miles from Conchague, El Salvador, on Sunday, and a 6.1 earthquake about 83 miles from the Philippines on Saturday.

Both agencies were also monitoring the area of Hawaii. While the Kilauea volcano was destroying homes on Big Island, authorities reported a 6.9 magnitude earthquake 11 miles from Ainaloa. 

U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist Wendy Stovall says lava fountains spewed as high as 230 feet (70 meters) into the air Saturday night only 15 minutes after the initial eruption from a new fissure.

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