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The Latest: Kilauea Eruption Update

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June 21, 1:42

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports that a gas explosion that occurred at approximately 1:13 p.m. caused a blast wave that was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii.  There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the blast wave measuring a magnitude 5.3 was centered in the summit region of Kilauea.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean in one major entry. Fissures 6, 15 and 16 continue producing minor spattering. 

Trade winds are forcasted to return Thursday, pushing vog to the southwest.

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June 20, 9:46 a.m.

The eruption in the lower East Rift Zone continues with little change.

Lava fountains from the Fissure 8 spatter cone continue to feed the established channel that transports lava to the ocean at the Kapoho coastline, where several entries are active. Upslope, short-lived overflows occur periodically but generally do not travel beyond the existing flow field. Fissures 6, 15, and 16 are periodically oozing lava and steaming.

At 4:22 a.m. HST, a gas and ash emission from a collapse event occurred at Kilauea's summit, producing a small plume that was blown downwind at less than 6,000 ft above sea level. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema?uma?u continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit.

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10:57 p.m.

Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

The eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone continues with little change.

Fountains 165-246 ft. high at Fissure 8 continue to feed the established channel that transports lava to the ocean at the Kapoho coastline, where several entries are active.

Up slope, short-lived overflows occur periodically but generally do not travel beyond the existing flow field.

Fissures 6, 15, and 16 are periodically oozing lava and steaming. 

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass fragments from the lava fountain at Fissure 8 continue to fall downwind of the fissure, dusting the ground within a few hundred meters (yards) of the vent. High winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from Fissure 8 as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Observations are also collected on a daily basis from cracks in the area of Highway 130; no changes in temperature, crack width, or gas emissions have been noted for several days.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from Fissure 8 eruptions. Winds are expected to bring VOG to the central, south, and western parts of the Island of Hawaii. VOG information can be found at https://vog.ivhhn.org/

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the Lower East Rift Zone. Seismicity remains relatively low in the area with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor. Higher amplitude tremor is occasionally being recorded on seismic stations close to the ocean entry.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

Kilauea Volcano Summit

The 5:05 a.m. HST subsurface explosion at Kilauea's summit this morning was followed by 4 hours of low seismicity (<10 events/hour). Seismicity gradually increased thereafter reaching, 30-35 events per hour by 10:00 p.m. HST. If the pattern of the past several days holds, another subsurface explosion is likely within the next few hours. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema?uma?u continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit.

Sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano's summit have dropped to levels that are about half those measured prior to the onset of the current episode of eruptive activity. This gas and minor amounts of ash are being transported downwind, with small bursts of ash and gas accompanying intermittent explosive activity.

For forecasts of where ash would fall under forecast wind conditions, please consult the Ash3D model output here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/ash_information.html

Information on volcanic ash hazards and how to prepare for ash fall maybe found at http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash (health impacts) OR https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ (other impacts)

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5:57 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at multiple points.  Fissure 15 has mild spattering and Fissure 6 is oozing.

The National Weather Service says light winds overnight will push emissions into the interior of the Big Island, including Hilo, northern and western parts of the Big Island. Trade winds are expected to build by Thursday.

The following resources are available to residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the Kilauea volcanic eruption and recent earthquakes:

  • A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym
  • The Hawai’i Dept. of Health will be holding Volcanic Ash and Vog Community Meetings tomorrow at Konawaena Elementary School in Kealakekua beginning at 5 p.m. and Thursday  at Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School Cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Tropic Care 2018 continues tomorrow with free medical, dental and eye care at Kea’au High School from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

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June 19, 10:02 a.m.

Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel and one major ocean entry at Kapoho.  HVO continues to monitor three other fissures that are weakly active.

The National Weather Service reports that today through Thursday light winds are expected to push vog into the saddle and interior areas of the Big Island. Trade winds are predicted to return on Friday.

As of yesterday afternoon 817 people have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance either on line or at the Disaster Recovery Center or DRC.

  • The DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. 
  • Tropic Care 2018 continues today and tomorrow with free medical, dental and eye care at Kea’au High School from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Additional screening days are scheduled for the coming weeks.
  • There will be a community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria today at 5 p.m. An American Sign Language interpreter will be on hand.

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June 18, 6:55 a.m.

Explosion at the Kilauea Summit.  The energy is like a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.  No tsunami is expected.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to be very active with a fast moving channelized flow entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay. The vent is producing a large SO2 plume and a large laze plume at the ocean entry.  Seismic activity continues at Kilauea Summit.

On the Leilani Eruption:

  • 5,914 acres or nine and a quarter square miles of land has now been impacted.
  • 533 homes have been destroyed.

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June 17, 6:51 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at the Kilauea Summit occurred at apx. 6:26 a.m. An ash plume was generated. The wind is blowing in the southwest direction and ash may affect the areas of Volcano and Kau.

The following advice is provided for your information.

  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed. If you are outside seek cover.
  • If you are in the car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone.  Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend. 

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June 16, 4:22 p.m.

Civil Defense Authorities are advising people that official sources of information regarding the current East Rift Zone Eruption are obtained from agencies responsible for monitoring the volcano. Be aware of posters who speculate on the movement of active lava flows. This information has not been supported by official observations.  Radio messages from the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency, along with information on official government websites and social media platforms will continue to relay accurate and current eruption information. We encourage you to only act on officially released information

There is no immediate threat at this time. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to closely monitor the eruption and works hand in hand with the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency to provide updates.

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11:57 a.m.

A volcanic ash and vog community meeting will be held on Wednesday June 20th at 5:30 p.m. at Konawaena Elementary School cafeteria.

Have your questions answered by Department of Health representatives on air quality data, health effects of vog, and how to protect yourself from vog exposure.

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June 15, 8:17 a.m.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Expect heavier vog to blanket the interior and southern parts of the island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii, and FEMA will open today, at 8 a.m.
  • The DRC is located at Kea‘au High School Gymnasium and will be open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
  • People can register for assistance at the DRC, as well as having many of their questions answered.
  • FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state and county government agencies will be present at the center.
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you, or if you want to register online, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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2:07 p.m.

Fissure 8 still fountaining about 200 feet high and feeding the flow into the ocean in Kapoho. There is still laze plume and areas of hot water.  Another small explosion occurred at summit around 3 a.m.  Fissure 16 & 18 are oozing lava. 

Drones are flying into the plume to take SO2 emission rates and collect data from the gas plume to see how changes in the gas equate to changes in the eruption.

When eruption first started, the lava was old stored magma, and some of the most chemically evolved/coolest lava.  10 Days after eruption, lava composition shifted to hotter newer lava that could move faster.  By May 21st, lava composition leveled out to the newer hotter lava. 

HDOT is starting repairs to Hwy 11 near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting next week. There will not be a closure, but crews will be directing traffic. 

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June 14, 6 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that an ash explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, be aware of ash fallout throughout Ka’u.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, through the line on our Civil Defense website.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Community Center.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in Leilani, Waa Waa, and Papaya Farms Road should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.  

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3:00 p.m.

The Kalapana Solid Waste Transfer Station will resume collection on Saturday, June 16th. 

The National Weather Service reports light winds will bring vog inland and to the south, wrapping around to the Kona area.  The heavy vog conditions are expected to remain this way until the early part of next week.

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6:00 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, be aware of ash fallout through Ka’u.

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June 12, 2018, 12:00 a.m.

Workshops for residents whose employment status or businesses are affected by the current Kilauea eruption are planned for next week in Pahoa.

The workshops will offer information on  assistance programs and services, including unemployment insurance, state job vacancies, and rental housing help.

The meetings will be Tuesday June 19th at the Cooper Center in Volcano and the workshop on Wednesday June 20th will be held at Pahoa Community Center.

Both workshops are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11:02 p.m.

Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

Eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

A line of closely spaced vents at Fissure 8 are continuing to erupt producing fountains reaching heights up to 160 feet, just higher than the spatter cone around them. This activity continues to feed the fast moving channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho. Weak spattering is continuing at Fissures 16 & 18 as has been noted for the last several days. This evening's over flight showed a strong steam plume on the south end of the ocean entry with frequent steam explosions at the flow front.

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. High winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from Fissure 8 as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Observations are also collected on a daily basis from cracks in the area of Highway 130; no changes in temperature, crack width, or gas emissions have been noted for several days.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from Fissure 8 eruptions. Gas emissions have increased over the past two weeks. Trade wind conditions are expected to bring vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Seismicity remains relatively low in the area with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor. Higher amplitude tremor is occasionally being recorded on seismic stations close to the ocean entry.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

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7:04 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds are pushing vog southwest around the southern part of the island to the Kona area.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, through the link on our Civil Defense website (note: I’ll add this link in blackboard http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/)
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials.
  • There is no immediate threat, but residents in these areas, do need to heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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4:36 p.m.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found on the U.S. Geological Survey website here
 

9:44 a.m.

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. High winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from Fissure 8 eruptions. Gas emissions were recently measured to be nearly twice the value of the past two weeks. Trade wind conditions are expected to bring vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

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June 11, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the Big Island near the Kilauea Summit early Monday morning.  There was no tsunami threat.

Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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2:03 p.m.

HVO reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho. Volcanic gas emissions from fissure eruptions remain very high. The National Weather Service reports that trade winds are pushing volcanic emissions southwest though Pahala to Ocean View areas.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open only to residents of Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents downwind, do reduce exposure to volcanic emissions by staying indoors and closing windows or leaving the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.
  • Do heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Armory are open and pet-friendly.

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June 10, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

Due to the lava entering the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Avoid the laze plume.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of gas exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.

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3:17 p.m.

HVO reports Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized lava flow to the ocean. Officials are monitoring lava cresting the perched flow channel near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki should be prepared to voluntarily evacuate with little notice.
  • Residents in adjacent areas, close to the active flow should stay alert and heed warnings from Civil Defense officials.
  • Please stay out of the Lava Tree State Park.

Sulfur Dioxide emissions remain high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels around the fissure system, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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12:31 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow with a high volume of lava. The flow is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.  Sulfur Dioxide emissions remain high from fissure eruptions.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds are back and pushing the gas emissions south.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents in adjacent areas, and in close proximity to the active flow, should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.
  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.

Due to the elevated gas levels around the fissure system and at the ocean, the following is provided for your information:

  • Avoid the laze plume at the ocean entry and be aware that the plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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June 9, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates.

Overnight, lava fountaining from Fissure 8 reached 130-180 feet. This morning's overflight reported no significant changes in the fountaining and the channels carrying lava to the ocean; however, the ocean entry plumes were much smaller and the areas of upwelling offshore were less distinct. The diminished plumes are probably due to a change in atmospheric conditions rather than a change in Fissure 8 output.

Fissure 22 was incandescent and there was minor lava activity at Fissures 16/18 this morning while the fuming from Fissures 24, 9 and 10 was less than observed yesterday.

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. High winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from Fissure 8 as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Observations are also collected on a daily basis from cracks in the area of Highway 130; no changes in temperature, crack width, or gas emissions have been noted.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from Fissure 8 eruptions. Trade wind conditions are expected to bring vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Seismicity remains relatively low in the area with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor. Higher amplitude tremor is occasionally being recorded on seismic stations close to the ocean entry.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

USGS/HVO continues to monitor the lower East Rift Zone activity 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Kilauea Volcano Summit

A small explosion occurred at 4:48 AM HST on Saturday morning. No plume height measurements were possible owing to a lack of radar data, but the geophysical signature of the event was similar to past explosions that sent small amounts of ash to about 10,000 feet above sea level. Seismicity declined following the event, but earthquake activity is expected to ramp up again over the course of the day based on the pattern of the past few weeks. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema`uma`u continues in response to ongoing subsidence at the summit. 

Sulfur dioxide emissions from the volcano's summit have dropped to levels that are about half those measured prior to the onset of the current episode of eruptive activity. This gas and minor amounts of ash are being transported downwind, with small bursts of ash and gas accompanying intermittent explosive activity.

For forecasts of where ash would fall under forecast wind conditions, please consult the Ash3D model output here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/activity_2018.html

Information on volcanic ash hazards and how to prepare for ash fall maybe found at http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash (health impacts) OR https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ (other impacts). 

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5:30 p.m.

Lava eruption continued at fissure 8 with fountains as high as about 220 feet. 

Twelve rockfalls were recorded in Pu?u ?O?o after a 3.2 magnitude earthquake at the summit. Red dust plume ejected into the air around 10:50 a.m. 

A reminder Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

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1:22 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area.  

Vog will limit visibility on some roads to a quarter of a mile. The public is advised to drive with caution.

The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until Friday night.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
  • N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will not protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata

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9:18 a.m.

National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area, creating poor visibility on the roads.  Drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
  • N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will NOT protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.  

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June 8, 8:40 a.m.

A 5.2 mag earthquake was reported just after 3 a.m. Friday.  No tsunami threat to the state.

Fissure 8 is producing a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

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3:48 p.m.

The county confirms more than 600 homes have been destroyed.

The state is slated to give the county $12 million to continue the response.

Fountaining at fissure 8 has reached between 190 and 250 feet in the air.

Ocean entry into Kapoho Bay is 1.2 miles wide.

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2:13 p.m.

The mandatory evacuation order continues for Leilani Estates, Pomaikai Street and to the east.

The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai. Access is for residents with official credentials only.

If you have been displaced, please fill out a Universal Intake Form at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Pahoa Community Center, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m to 3 p.m. This allows you to register as a disaster survivor so you can apply to receive assistance.

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11:14 a.m.

Mayor Kim says 160 homes in Vacationland and about 320 gone in Kapoho Beach lots. That means only about 30 homes remain in the northern tier of Kapoho Beach lots. In total — close to 500 homes were wiped out in about 3 days.

Fissure 8 still flowing.  The channel or path its taking is still full and USGS says magma is still feeding the Lower East Rift Zone. There are communities still at risk.

Around 3 pm — Gov. David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim are expected to sign an agreement that provides assistance and funding for the county so it can continue to run emergency operations.  That includes cost for equipment, mounting expenses and overtime for emergency responders.

Unfavorable winds over the next few days to the east. Could affect air quality and mean thicker emissions inland.
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June 7, 9:55 a.m.

Overnight, lava fountaining at fissure 8 fluctuated, reaching heights of 230 feet. observations by hvo geologists and the university of hawaii at hilo uas crew during the night indicated that the northern lobe of the fissure 8 flow is not receiving significant lava, and the lobe that was active on the west side of the four corners cinder pit is inactive. The morning overflight confirmed these observations and revealed minor overflows from the channel. Lava is entering the ocean along a broad front in the general area of kapoho bay and vacationland. Lava also continues to creep north through what remains of kapoho beach lots.

no other fissures are active.

volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure 8 eruptions. For the next few days, easterly wind conditions may bring vog not only to the south and west sides of the island of hawaii, but also upslope to the island's interior.

earthquake activity is on the rise, however, and we anticipate an additional small explosion probably in about 24 hours. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of halema`uma`u continues in response to ongoing subsidence of the summit.

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5:30 p.m.

There is an insurance claims forum Thursday June 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hawaiian Shores Community Association Building, or "The Stables" at Hawaiian Beaches; 15-859 Kahakai Blvd. 

United Policy Holders, Hawaii County Bar Associates and Professionals from Hawaii Public Adjusters will be presenting the general means, methods and standard practices to filing claims. 

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4:29 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii.  There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.6 was centered at the Kilauea Summit.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.  If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

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3:40 p.m.

"Vacationland is totally gone, it's covered by lava, Kapoho Beach Lots, the northern section is still intact but the rest of it is under lava" said Talmage Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says official count of homes destroyed remains at 130 but that amount does not include any of the homes in Kapoho or Vacationland. There are an estimated 350 homes in Kapoho and 150 in Vacationland. The county is waiting on an official report before releasing an updated number of homes destroyed due to the Leilani Estates Eruption.

USGS expects another explosion from Halema'uma'u crater within the next few hours.

Keaau shelter is at max capacity.

Fissure 8 remains active for a 9th consecutive day and is spewing lava up to 185 feet into the air according to the USGS.

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June 6, 1:53 p.m.

National Weather Service reports slow, easterly winds are expected to bring vog to the island interior starting tonight, and over the next two days.  Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may increase, affecting air quality across the central and southern half of the island. The trades are expected to pick up again by the weekend.

A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held at 5:30 this evening, in Kona at the West Hawaii Civil Center Council Chambers – Building A.

Vacationland is completely covered by lava and a large laze plume is rising from the ocean entry in that area. The Fissure 8 flow has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending .7 miles from shore.

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8:38 p.m.

New interactive air quality monitoring tool makes data available online during Kilauea volcanic eruption.

Hawai‘i Island emergency responders now have access to real-time data from more than 30 additional areas on the island to make informed decisions about the air quality affected by volcanic activity. Data from newly installed air quality monitors stationed in the Kilauea East Rift Zone and other affected areas is now available to the public.

The map viewer uses the county’s three-color public notification system (blue, orange and red), which recommends protective actions to be taken by responders and the public. 

The data is now available online at www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

3:54 p.m.

The official number of destroyed structures is not yet available.  So far, the count remains at 117, which does not include structures within Vacationland and Kapoho areas. 

When asked whether homeowners will be able to move back into structures that survived the lava, Talmadge Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator said he didn't know if or when that would be possible due to hazardous gases. 

"No telling how long the SO2 will be coming out of those vents," said Magno.

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12:29 p.m.

Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria this evening, Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 in the evening.

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8:26 a.m.

Lava has destroyed hundreds of homes in Kapoho and Vacationland, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

USGS says lava flowing from fissure eight has covered all but the northern tip of Kapoho Beach lots and coastline of Vacationland. As of Tuesday morning, lava has created new land and extended 0.7 miles into Kapoho Bay.

Out of all of the fissures, USGS says eight is the most powerful and destructive. What this particular lava flow destroyed overnight, took Pu’u ‘O’o 35 years to overrun, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim also lost his second home in Vacationland to lava. 

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6:00 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

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June 5, 2018, 4:32 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports a 5.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in the summit region of Kilauea Volcano at approximately 4:30 AM.  No tsunami was generated and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.  

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10:00 p.m.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's been closed for four weeks due to volcanic ash, damaging earthquakes, and continuing explosions at Halemaumau Crater. There's concern about cracks near the Holei Sea Arch. As things currently stand there's no estimate on when the park will reopen.

Yesterday's 5 point 5 magnitude earthquake did yet more damage to the most popular place in the park which is the Jaggar Museum Overlook, ash continues to erupt out in a series of eruptions from Halema'umau'u and it's just not a safe place to be

The park is currently without water, and because there's been no visitors, it's estimated they've lost about $11 million dollars in revenue.

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6:01 p.m.

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Fountaining at Fissure 8 continued feeding a robust lava channel to northeast along Highway 132 to the ocean entry in Kapoho bay. As of late afternoon the lava entry had built a delta extending approximately 700 yards into the bay. A laze plume is blowing inland from the ocean entry but dissipating quickly. The lava flow front is about 600 yds wide. A lava breakout was also occurring upslope of the Kapoho cone cinder pit but stalled about 300 yards southeast of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cinder Road.

Sluggish lava flows are present in the vicinity of Fissure 18; all other fissures are inactive.

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Trade wind conditions are bringing vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii. Afternoon easterly winds may bring vog to communities in the Volcano area.

The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Hazards include walking on uneven, glassy lava flow surfaces and around unstable, vertical sea cliffs. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. This loose material can easily be eroded away by surf, causing the new land to become unsupported and slide into the sea. In several instances, such collapses have also incorporated parts of the older sea cliff. Additionally, the interaction of lava with the ocean creates "laze", a corrosive seawater plume laden with hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic particles that can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low. Seismicity remains relatively low with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor. 

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

USGS/HVO continues to monitor the lower East Rift Zone activity 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Earthquake activity at the summit has been low after the explosive eruption yesterday but is slowly increasing. Inward slumping of the rim and walls of Halema`uma`u continues in response to persistent subsidence. We expect that earthquake rates may increase in the coming hours to days and culminate in another small explosion, following the pattern of the past few weeks. 

Over the last week, sulfur dioxide passively degassing from the volcano's summit has decreased, but emission rates remain high enough to impact air quality in downwind regions. Additional bursts of gas released with intermittent explosive activity are also transported downwind and may temporarily affect air quality as well.

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9:47 a.m.

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Sluggish lava flows are present in the vicinity of Fissure 18; all other fissures are inactive.

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

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June 4, 6:00 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road.

Lava entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to the lower Puna area, Highway 132, and Highway 137 due to lava inundation.
  • Please contact Civil Defense if you confirm that someone you know is remaining in the isolated area.  Call 935-0031.

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

Volcanic gas emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system. Residents in communities downwind should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash. On the coast, be aware of hydrochloric acid and glass particulates from the laze at the ocean entry.

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly.

4:56 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 3:51 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii. There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.5 was centered at the Kilauea Summit.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.  If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

Additional Information: An ash plume at the Kilauea Summit reached up to 8,000 feet and wind is blowing in the southwest direction. Fallout will affect the Volcano and Pahala areas. 

3:52 p.m.

USGS reports 5.8 quake in Kilauea. No tsunami threat.

12:42 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports active lava eruptions continue. Fissure 8, located in the Leilani Estates area, continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling downslope through Kapoho Beach Lots. The wide flow front is about 400 yards from the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137 and approaching the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137.
  • First responders are conducting search and rescue missions in affected isolated areas today.
  • Be aware of the laze hazard should lava hit the ocean and stay away from any ocean plume to prevent harmful health effects. 

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Papaya Farms Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

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June 3, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone

Vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Fissure 8 fountaining persisted throughout the night, and the channelized flow continued to deliver lava northeast along Highway 132 to the Kapoho area. Lava is advancing along a 0.5-mile-wide front towards the ocean at Kapoho Bay between Kapoho Beach Road and Kapoho Kai Drive. As of 7:30 AM HST, the lava flow was about 430 yards from the ocean. Other branches of the Fissure 8 lava flow were inactive.

All other fissures are inactive, although Fissure 9 is steaming heavily.

Pele's hair and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling downwind of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds may waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

The most recent map of lava flows can be found at https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and are reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Trade wind conditions are bringing vog to the south and west sides of the Island of Hawaii. Afternoon easterly winds may bring vog to communities in the Volcano area.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low. Seismicity remains relatively low with numerous small magnitude earthquakes and low amplitude background tremor. 

Additional ground cracking and outbreaks of lava in the area of the active fissures are possible. Residents downslope of the region of fissures should heed all Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

USGS/HVO continues to monitor the lower East Rift Zone activity 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Kilauea Volcano Summit

Earthquake activity at the summit was high overnight, and it is possible that a small explosion, much like those that have occurred during the past two weeks, will take place in the next day. Ash emissions are low as revealed by webcam views this morning. Volcanic gas emissions at the summit remain high.

For forecasts of where ash would fall under forecast wind conditions, please consult the Ash3D model output here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/activity_2018.html

Information on volcanic ash hazards and how to prepare for ash fall maybe found at http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash (health impacts) OR https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ (other impacts). 
 

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1:26 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue throughout lower East Rift Zone in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Fissure 8 is feeding a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road, with two flow fronts.

The northern flow front is above Four Corners, near the intersection. The southern flow front crossed Highway 137, Kalapana-Kapoho Road, 300 feet south of the Four Corners intersection.

Part of the flow hit Green Lake and is creating a steam plume in the area. The flow is moving downslope toward the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137.

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly.

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June 2, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue throughout lower East Rift Zone in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Fissure 8 is feeding a large flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road.

The flow front has crossed Highway 137, south of Four Corners.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, Kapoho-Pohoiki Road, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137.

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly.

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3:25 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is working with the county and Sanfords Service Center Inc. to prepare an alternate emergency route to Highway 130 (Keaau-Pahoa Road). This route would traverse three acres of Sanfords Service Center Inc. property north of Kamaili Road/Opihikao Drive and connect with the county-owned Alaili Road.

Work began on the alternate route on May 31 and is expected to be ready for emergency use Saturday. Highway 130 remains open. HDOT and the County of Hawaii are monitoring temperature and gas levels along the roadway.

Physical preparation of Chain of Craters-Kalapana Road as an evacuation route through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park if Highway 130 is cut off by lava began on May 30 and is expected to be complete Saturday.

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11:53 a.m.

Residents of Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Hwy 137 are advised to evacuate by noon.

3.5 mag earthquake reported by USGS.

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10:00 a.m.

The Hawai'i County Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to notify the public that effective Friday, June 1, 2018, the eruption evacuation shelters at the Kea’au Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church are being consolidated and relocated.

The new location for the consolidated shelters will be at the Kea’au Armory, in the back of the Herbert Shipman Park, off of Highway 11.

For further information, contact Parks and Recreation at 808-961-8311.

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9:14 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue on the east rift of Kilauea. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large, fast-moving flow. The flow front is half-a-mile above the Four Corners area, and moving quickly. At the present rate, it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within 7 to 10 hours.

Residents should complete evacuation by 2:00 this afternoon, or risk the possibility of being isolated.

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June 1, 7:44 a.m.

Hawaii Fire Department has evacuated residents in homes along Papaya Farms Road and Noni Farms Road. Any residents remaining should evacuate now.

For Kapoho, Vacationland, and Government Beach Road, the following policy is in effect:

  • All residents of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots are advised to evacuate and complete their evacuation by 6:00 p.m., today, Friday, June 1 or risk the possibility of being isolated.

Due to the active volcanic eruptions, Mayor Kim has issued a mandatory evacuation order for part of Leilani Estates. The following policies are in effect:

  • Mandatory evacuation is for areas east of Pomaikai Street in Leilani Estates.
  • Residents have until 12:00 noon, today, Friday, June 1 to evacuate the mandatory evacuation area.
  • Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not be able to respond.

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