The cinder cone of the Papakolea green sand beach on Hawaii's Big Island.

The cinder cone of the Papakolea green sand beach on Hawaii's Big Island. (Mihaela Nica/Dreamstime/TNS)

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the waters south of Hawaii's Big Island on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck at 2148 GMT, according to the USGS, which recorded its epicenter some 60 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Big Island.

The USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) recorded a number of aftershocks following the jolt.

"Strong shaking, with a maximum Intensity of VI, has been reported across the Island of Hawai‘i, and throughout the Hawaiian Islands," the USGS said in a statement. "At that intensity, very slight damage to buildings or structures may have occurred."

HVO's Ken Hon said the earthquake had no observable impact on Big Island's Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes.

"Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea except for a few minor rockfalls reported within Halema'uma'u crater. Please be aware that other aftershocks are possible and may be felt," Hon said.

"HVO continues to monitor Hawaiian volcanoes for any changes."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat.

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