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The Latest: Kilauea Eruption Update

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9:19 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 5:51 p.m.  The resulting ash plume may affect surrounding areas.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean.  

Fissure 22 continues to produce most of the lava feeding the flows.

Lava from Fissure 22 has crossed onto the Puna Geothermal Venture property.  

County, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities.  

Ten of the eleven wells have been quenched.  Efforts are ongoing to make sure the site is secure and the community is kept safe.  

Due to current volcanic activity, the following information is provided for your awareness:

  • Residents in the affected area should be prepared to leave the area with little notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time. 
  • Gas levels remain high. Limit further exposure by sheltering in place or leaving the area.

Due to unsafe conditions, the following policies are in effect:

  • Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required.
  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

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4:33 p.m. 

LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE

Moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts)

Fissure 22 is erupting a short line of low lava fountains that feed a channelized flow that reaches the coast just north of MacKenzie State Park. Spattering continues from a reactivated Fissures 6 that intermittently feeds a short lava flow. Fissures 17 and 19 continue weak spattering.

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

For the most recent map showing the locations of activity, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html These maps are updated as often as possible but may not reflect the most recent changes.

Volcanic gas emissions have tripled as a result of the voluminous eruptions from Fissure 20 so SO2 concentrations are likely elevated to higher levels throughout the area downwind of the vents.

Moderate trade winds today means that areas downwind of Kilauea gas emission sources may experience varying levels of vog. For forecast information, please see: http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/ 

For other information about vog, please see: https://vog.ivhhn.org/

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation has slowed and seismicity levels have decrease in the area. 

Future outbreaks could occur both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated. Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation. Activity can change rapidly.

Conditions around the erupting fissures can change very quickly. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts


KILAUEA SUMMIT 

One explosive eruption of ash occurred at about 1:00 a.m. this morning. Several smaller ash emissions have also taken place and produced abundant ash. Additional explosions possible at any time.

Seismic levels, which abruptly decreased after the recent explosive eruptions, are again slowly increasing.

At this time, based on HVO web cameras, a robust plume of gas and steam is billowing out of the Overlook vent and drifting generally southwest. 

At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent. Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues. 

Resources on volcanic ash hazards and preparedness information: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ OR http://www.ivhhn.org/ash-protection

Resources on vog: https://vog.ivhhn.org/

National Weather Service ashfall information and advisories: https://forecast.weather.gov/

Seismicity and deformation continue at the Kilauea summit. Deflation is ongoing. Additional earthquakes in the Kilauea summit area are expected as long as the summit continues to deflate.

Current webcam views are here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html

USGS and HVO continues to monitor the situation at the Kilauea summit and the lower East Rift Zone 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense and other emergency authorities. HVO geologists are onsite in the area this morning conducting overflights, examining the fissure vent activity for significant changes, and searching for any signs of new or resumed activity.

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12:29 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean. Fissures continue to de-gas and produce large amounts of sulfur dioxide.  

  • Residents and visitors in lower Puna, south of the Lower East Rift Zone, should be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice due to gas or lava inundation. Take action necessary to prepare ahead of time.  
  • Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the ocean entry area and enforcing a 300 meter standoff zone. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

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9:11 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean.

Due to the volcanic activity the following information is provided for your awareness:

  • Gas levels remain high. Take actions to limit further exposure.
  • All schools are currently open this morning.
  • County, state and federal officials are working together to monitor the situation and take action to ensure the safety of surrounding communities.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

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May 21st, 8:17 a.m.

A small explosion occurred at 12:55 AM at Halema'uma'u crater at Kilauea's summit. It produced an ash plume that reached about 7,000 ft asl and was carried by the wind to the southwest.

Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ashfall downwind are possible at any time.

Information on ash hazards and how to prepare for ashfall maybe found here: http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash

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8:40 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park.

Moderate trade winds continue to cause elevated levels of sulfur dioxide in areas downwind of the vents, including Kamaili, Seaview, and Malama Ki. Take action necessary to limit further exposure. 

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

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

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

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4:03 p.m.

LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE

Moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system.

Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts)

Spattering continues from Fissures 6 and 17 with significant lava flows being erupted from Fissures 20.

Two of these lava flows from Fissure 20 reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight; however, a crack opened under the east lava channel early this morning diverting the lava from the channel into underground voids.

This may cause changes downslope in the channel system and the ocean entry.

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

For the most recent map showing the locations of activity, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html These maps are updated as often as possible but may not reflect the most recent changes.

Volcanic gas emissions have tripled as a result of the voluminous eruptions from Fissure 20 so SO2 concentrations are likely elevated to higher levels throughout the area downwind of the vents.

Moderate trade winds today means that areas downwind of Kilauea gas emission sources may experience varying levels of vog. For forecast information, please see: http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/ 

For other information about vog, please see: https://vog.ivhhn.org/

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area. 

Future outbreaks could occur both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated. Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation. Activity can change rapidly.
 

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8:50 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that sulfur dioxide emissions have tripled. Take action necessary to limit further exposure.  

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park, the following policies are in effect:

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.  Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning. Health risks are present both landside and on the water.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic. 
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

For your information:

  • Department of Water Supply says an emergency water restriction is still in effect for customers between Kapoho and Pohoiki. The flow that has crossed Pohoiki Road cut off water supply to residents.
  • Two water tankers are providing public drinking water access to residents and visitors in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.
  • HELCO advises residents in the down rift of the flow to be aware of downed power lines. Always assume the power lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

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May 20, 12 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  

Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean. 

Flow front #2 is approximately 400 M from Highway 137. 

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137.  

Residents in the area have been evacuated.  All persons are asked to stay out of the area.

The lava has entered the ocean.  Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

·       Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 

·       Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. 

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

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3:41 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows in state forest reserve lands and heading in the general direction of MacKenzie State Park.  No residents are threatened at this time. 

Residents should be aware that the lava flow is currently .8 miles from Highway 137 and, at the current rate, may cross the highway within the next four to seven hours. 

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

  • Residents between Kamaili and Pohoiki are advised to decide if they want to voluntarily leave the area at this time.
  • For those who choose to voluntarily evacuate, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.
  • All persons are asked to avoid the area.
  • Stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.
  • The Fire Department and HVO will be actively monitoring the flows by helicopter.

On roads information:

  • Highway 130 is open for residents only.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.
  • Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to through traffic.
  • Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

Should the lava enter the ocean be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.  

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May 19, 12 noon

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows: two west of Pohoiki Road and two east of Pohoiki Road. The two flows on the west of Pohoiki are moving up to 900 feet per hour.  The eastern flows are moving slowly.

  • Residents are advised to stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.

Due to ongoing ash eruption out of Halemaumau, the following areas downwind are advised:

  • Take necessary precautions for ash, including measures to protect your water catchment systems.
  • Stay indoors where ash is falling.

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May 19, 8:30 a.m.

A large, slow moving lava flow continues from Fissure 20 west of Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.  The flow has advanced 1,000 feet in under 1 hour. Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:
•    Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation should it be deemed necessary.  

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May 19, 6 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a small steam explosion occurred in Halemaumau Crater last night around midnight.  National Weather Service reports the ash plume rose to around 10,000 feet.  Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu. Residents of these areas are reminded to protect yourself from ash fallout by remaining  indoors or by using dust masks.

Fissures east of Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna gardens continue to erupt, producing a slow moving lava flow.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.

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

  • Pohoiki Road is closed. 
  • Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic past the checkpoints.

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May 19, 1 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit occurred at 11:58 p.m. Friday.

Be careful of resulting ash plumes that may affect surrounding areas. The wind may carry the ash plume Southwest toward Volcano Village, Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Ocean View.

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May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Fast moving lava from Fissure 20 crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place, isolating approximately 40 homes in the area.  Pohoiki Road is closed. 

Four people were safely evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters.

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3:20 p.m.

Three American Red Cross shelters remain open to the public for evacuated residents.

  • Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa, HI 96778)
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)
  • Sure Foundation Church (16-1592 Pohaku Cir, Keaau, HI 96749)

The Pahoa shelter had 100 residents inside, and 232 choosing to stay outside in tents or their cars.  There were 23 residents staying inside the Keaau Community shelter, and 1 resident inside the Sure Foundation Church shelter.  The total number of people utilizing these facilities was 356 as of Friday morning.

Hawaii Police Department wants to remind those concerned, to register for free HPD updates on the Kilauea eruption. Text: LAVA to 888777

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1:03 p.m.

Moderate eruption of lava continues from multiple points along active fissure system in the Leilani and Lanipuna area; gas emissions remain elevated. At the summit, no explosive eruption of ash since May 17th.

USGS tweeted this:

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9:36 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 22.  Several fissures have gone active with lava spatter and flow.  Forty (40) structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

Moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the central and northeast end of the active fissure system.

Spattering continues from Fissures 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, and 22 with pahoehoe lava flows being erupted from Fissures 17, 18, and 20.

Due to increasing SO2, eruptive and fissure development the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates evacuees must be alert to possible decreased availability of access.
  • If your property is not accessible, contact Civil Defense for the possibility of escort.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to high levels of dangerous volcanic gases.

For your information:

  • Checkpoints along Highway 137, 132 and 130 are limited to resident access only.
  • No trespassing.  Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency will be treated as a felony and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 
  • Pahoa Post Office is reopened.

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May 18, 8:11 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 22, between fissures 19 and 20.  Several fissures are active with spattering.  A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.

  • Distribution will continue today from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

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4:46 p.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 21 downrift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates. Several fissures have reactivated, and HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and flows and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.

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3:39 p.m.

Hawaii Electric Light has set up a website for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption.  There, customers can find answers about billing and service during the emergency. 

Website here: https://www.hawaiielectriclight.com/lava

The company has also waived deposit and service establishment fees for customers who decide to leave their homes and relocate.

About 400 customers in the mandatory evacuation area are without power.

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3:04 p.m.

The explosion at Halema'uma'u Crater Thursday morning generated the the tallest volcanic ash cloud about 30,000 feet above sea level.  A light layer of volcanic ash coated park roadways and property Thursday morning, but was dampened by light, steady precipitation.

The Federal Aviation Administration increased the Temporary Flight Restriction around Kilauea Volcano up to 30,000 feet above ground level, extending out to a five-nautical-mile radius around the summit of Kilauea. USGS HVO issued a red aviation alert May 17.

“Change continues to be the name of the game at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with increased seismic activity, summit deflation and explosions that continue within the summit of Kilauea Volcano,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “It is day seven and most of the park remains closed. We will re-open only when it is safe to do so,” she said.

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12:18 p.m.

Due to the continued volcanic gas emission in the East Rift Zone, please be advised the following policies are in effect:

  • Volcanic gas, such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience ORANGE and RED air quality conditions today. 
  • Air Quality Condition BLUE means little or no risk to healthy people.  Those with breathing issues may feel some small effects and should avoid exposure. 
  • Air Quality Condition ORANGE means people with breathing problems may experience some health effects and should avoid outdoor activities and stay indoors.  The general public may experience minor breathing issues.
  • Air Quality Condition RED means severe and immediate danger to health so everyone should limit further exposure.  This includes remaining indoors and/or leaving the area.  These conditions may cause symptoms such as eye and nose irritation, choking and inability to breath. 

Please exercise caution in these areas.

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11:04 a.m.

Due to the continued ash activity at Halemaumau, please be advised the following policies are in effect:

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities. 
  • If you are in your 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 is passed, check your home if safe to do so, and especially your catchment system, for any impact that may affect your water quality.

To protect yourself from breathing volcanic ash, free masks will be distributed as follows:

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Cooper Center, Volcano
  • Pahala Community Center, Pahala
  • Naalehu Community Center, Naalehu
  • Shipman Park Pavilion, Keaau

One mask per family member will help to assure that supplies are adequate to accommodate all our Ohana.   Masks do NOT protect against gases and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash. Mahalo 3M for the donation of masks, the Red Cross for distribution support and Community Emergency Response Teams.

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10:50 a.m.

The following is an update from the USGS:

LOWER EAST RIFT ZONE

Low-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts)

Spattering continues from Fissure 17 but the lava flow erupted from the fissure has not advanced significantly over the past day. 

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

For the most recent map showing the locations of activity, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html These maps are updated as often as possible but may not reflect the most recent changes.

Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents. Weak winds today means that other areas of Hawaii Island may experience varying levels of vog. For forecast information, please see: http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/hysplit/ 

For other information about vog, please see:https://vog.ivhhn.org/

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area. 

Future outbreaks could occur both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated. Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation. Activity can change rapidly.

Conditions around the erupting fissures can change very quickly. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and messages http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts 

KILAUEA SUMMIT

Explosive eruption of ash this morning. Additional explosions possible at any time.

Just after 4 am this morning, an explosion or series of explosions from the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea Volcano's summit produced a volcanic cloud that reached as high as 30,000 ft asl based on NWS radar information. The cloud drifted generally northeast and traces of ash fell with rain in the Volcano Golf Course, Volcano Village, and other areas immediately around the Kilauea summit. 

At this time, based on HVO web cameras, a robust plume of gas, steam, and some ash is billowing out of the Overlook vent and drifting generally southwest. 

At any time, activity may again become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles very near the vent. Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues. 

Resources on volcanic ash hazards and preparedness information: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ OR http://www.ivhhn.org/ash-protection

Resources on vog: https://vog.ivhhn.org/

National Weather Service ashfall information and advisories: https://forecast.weather.gov/

Seismicity and deformation continue at the Kilauea summit. Deflation is ongoing. Additional earthquakes in the Kilauea summit area are expected as long as the summit continues to deflate.

Current webcam views are here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html 

USGS/HVO continues to monitor the situation at the Kilauea summit and the lower East Rift Zone 24/7 in coordination with Hawaii County Civil Defense and other emergency authorities. HVO geologists are onsite in the area this morning conducting overflights, examining the fissure vent activity for significant changes, and searching for any signs of new or resumed activity.

Please see this link for newly organized information about ash hazards, gas hazards, and the Lower East Rift Zone eruption. https://vog.ivhhn.org/

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10:30 a.m.

Due to the light ashfall and air conditions resulting from today’s earlier eruption event at Kilauea Summit, The Salvation Army Distribution Center at Pahoa will be closed for today.

In addition to previous requests for food, water and clothing items, additional items are now being requested for the distribution center including blankets, camping chairs, cots, flashlights, garbage bags (thick-outdoor), laundry detergent (liquid), mats, pillows, single-burner camp stoves, sleeping bags, tarps (thick), and towels. Any of these items, along with the previous requests for clothing items may be dropped off at any of The Salvation Army’s three Hawaii Island thrift stores in Hilo, Honokaa, and Kailua-Kona. Please direct all food donations, including bottled water, to Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank, locations in Hilo and Kailua-Kona.

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9:13 a.m.

Free N95 masks will be distributed as follows:

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Cooper Center, Volcano
  • Pahala Community Center, Pahala
  • Naalehu Community Center, Naalehu
  • Shipman Park Pavilion, Keaau

One mask per family member will help to assure that supplies are adequate to accommodate all our ohana.

N95 masks do NOT protect against gases and vapors.

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8:45 a.m.

Hawai‘i Electric Light announced that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna Gardens has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews.   

These areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of SO2. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last few days and have narrowly escaped situations that could have resulted in severe injury. Hawai‘i Electric Light’s priority continues to be safe and can no longer allow its employees to enter hazardous areas. 

Poles and wires continue to fall due to changes in the ground formation and seismic activity. Hawai‘i Electric Light continues to warn residents to assume that all downed lines and equipment are energized and dangerous. Stay at least three cars lengths away from downed lines and use caution around all poles and overhead lines.

The following areas are in the no-entry zone. This area may be extended.

  • Leilani Avenue from Pomaikai Street to Pohoiki Road
  • Malama Street, east from Pomaikai Street
  • Kahukai Street from Nohea Street to Leilani Avenue
  • Pomaikai, Moku, and Kupono Streets south of Leilani Avenue
  • All streets east beginning with Nohea Street
  • All of Lanipuna Gardens including Hinalo, Lauone, and Honuaula Streets, and all connector roads into Lanipuna Gardens

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8:11 a.m.

Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science and Volcano School of Arts and Sciences are closed today due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels.
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*Updated info: Kindergarten to 4th-grade classes are canceled today at Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopu?u iki and Na Wai Ola Public Charter School due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels. 

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8:02 a.m.

HVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice

  • Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
  • Current Aviation Color Code: RED

Recent Observations:
[Volcanic cloud height] up to 30,000 ft asl
[Other volcanic cloud information] Drifting generally northeast

Hazard Analysis:
[Ash cloud] The ash cloud is drifting downwind to the northeast.
[Ashfall] Ashfall has been reported in Volcanoes National Park and may occur further downwind.
[Other hazards] Ballistic projectiles may be produced should steam-driven explosions occur. Impacts will be limited to an area around Halemaumau.
[Volcanic gas] Vog or volcanic air pollution produced by volcanic gas has been reported in Pahala.

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7:37 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has advised of an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit that occurred at 4:17 a.m.  This eruption is generating an ash plume as high as 25,000 feet.  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume north towards Ka’u, Volcano, Mt. View, Kea’au and as far as Hilo.  National Weather Service has issued an ashfall advisory until 12 p.m.

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7:29 a.m.

Due to elevated sulfur dioxide (S02) levels, Pahoa High, Intermediate, and Elementary School Complex, Keonepoko Elementary, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, Volcano School of Arts and Science will be closed. 

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May 17, 2018, 6:26 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 4:17 a.m. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume north towards Kau, Volcano, Mt. View, Kea'au and as far as Hilo.

Should this occur:

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major responsibility is to protect yourself from the fallout.
  • If this event occurs while you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio hand listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving condition due to limited visibility.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

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4:05 p.m.

The magnitude 3.5 earthquake beneath the summit of Kilauea around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday cause noticeable structural damage in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park buildings, and left cracks and uneven roads on Highway 11 and other park roads.

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3:57 p.m.

Mail delivery has been suspended to the following neighborhoods in the Puna area of Hawaii Island: 

  • Pahoa-Kapoho Road, Papaya Farms, Vacationland, Kapoho Beach, Kapoho-Kalapana Road, Seaview, Puna Palisades, Kehena, Kalapana Shores, Uncle Roberts, Kalapana-Pahoa Road, Chain of Craters Road and Black Sands.
    • Residents of these areas are asked to pick up their mail from the Pahoa Post Office at 15-2859 Pahoa Village Road.

Evacuated residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens that they should pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office while their neighborhoods are inaccessible.

The Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Post Office remains closed due to the possibility of an explosive steam event and ashfall at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Customers of this office can pick up their mail at the Volcano Post Office at 19-4030 Old Volcano Highway.

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3:09 p.m.

As deflation continues, strong earthquakes in the area around Kilauea Volcano's summit are expected to continue and may become more frequent. Areas further from these earthquakes may feel some ground motion as well, but much less severe.

The shallow depths of these earthquakes make them more damaging in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter, and individuals need to take precautions to minimize damage from the shaking, including the removal of unstable items from walls and shelves. Steep slopes should be avoided as they may become destabilized during strong earthquakes.

Hawaii County Police reports cracks across Highway 11 between mile markers 28 and 29. Although these are passable, motorists are urged to use caution.

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3:02 p.m.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory issued this statement: "As of the afternoon of May 16, the floor of Kilauea caldera has dropped approximately 3 feet (90 cm). This movement is stressing faults around the caldera of Kilauea, causing them to move and resulting in strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 4.4 thus far."

USGS Volcanoes is warning the public of the dangers tweeting this:

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11:53 a.m.

Notes from the Daily Volcano Media Briefing:

Steve Brantley, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

  • A low level eruption in east rift zone continues erupting
  • Lava flow erupting yesterday has only moved about 300 feet in the past day
  • Ash plumes at summit increased in intensity and late last night a few additional explosions were recorded
  • When they were to the area collecting test samples, a ballistic rock was hurled and it measured about 2 feet in diameter
  • With intensity increasing ash plumes increased air hazard level from orange to red, used when there are explosive eruptions underway and when it could affect aviation activity
  • Plume reached 9,000-11,000 feet above sea level

David Gamby, USGS

  • The biggest change is dying off of the trade winds which means gas is being blown northwest to the center of the island, will let up tomorrow
  • Will be experiencing greater concentrations of SO2 meaning “from nothing to something” winds will be sending  “some” SO2 farther north. Doesn’t mean dangerous levels and no cause to evacuate. Just means an area of the island that hasn’t been impacted as much as the southern side will start to see some SO2.
    • Shortness of breath or tiredness: decreased activity and don’t go outdoors
    • One reporter said he smelled sulfur in Hilo. David said just because you can smell it, doesn’t mean the concentration is at a dangerous level. If it does, a warning will be issued.
  • With eruption at the summit, ongoing ash emissions and ash falling as far as Pahoa. No cause for concerns. Just a trace amount/dusting
  • In the process of implementing a multi-agency air quality system
  • Sulfur Dioxide is a component of vog. Now we are just seeing different components.

Jessica Ferracane, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Day 5 of most of the park is closed
  • Two-thirds of the park closed. Kahuku Unit the only section that is open with expanded hours, but now the ash may be putting that plan on hold since it’s falling near the area.  
  • Some people were setting up cameras beyond the closed area and “believes they were cited”

John Bravender, NOAA & NWS

  • Loss the trade winds, much lighter than they have been, poor air quality which is not helping move that out
  • Winds will start to pick up Thursday/Friday

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8:45 a.m.

USGS reports a series of large earthquakes measured between 3.2 Magnitude to 4.4 Magnitude near Kilauea summit between 8:30 am and 8:45 am. No Tsunami was generated.

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May 15, 6 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that several fissures are active producing spatter, however, the flow from Fissure 17 has not advanced since yesterday.

HVO has increased the Aviation Color Code to Red due to increased ash emission from Kilauea.  Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. Ashfall and vog have been reported along Highway 11 to Pahala. At any time, the activity may increase the intensity of ash production. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed today (5/16/18).
  • Hawaii Fire Department reports that air quality is condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road. Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure. Severe conditions may lead to symptoms such as eye and nose irritation and coughing. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas is especially dangerous for the elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced that Highway 130 is open beyond Malama Street for local residents only.  The Hawaii Police Department reports no large trailers or heavy equipment will be allowed over the metal plates.
  • Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School.  Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.
  • As a precautionary measure, residents of lower Puna are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption. Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, you should be prepared to evacuate at short notice.  Take this time to prepare.
  • If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly. This is a precautionary message.  We want everyone in the Lower Puna area to be ready, and to remain safe.

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10:37 p.m.

Most of "Hawaii Volcanoes National Park" remains closed, but an area known as the "Kahuku Unit" of the park is open Wednesday through Sunday starting next week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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8:49 p.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense received several inquiries about false rumors regarding a potential for a tsunami.

According to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) there is no geologic evidence for a tsunami-generating earthquake at this time.

HVO, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and other official partners continue to monitor conditions.

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7:06 p.m.

The following is the latest updated from Hawaii County Civil Defense:

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports that Fissure 6, near Leilani avenue and Pohoiki road, has become active again.

HVO reports lava fountaining and splatter from Fissure 6 as of 4:45 p.m. 

The flow from Fissure 17 has had little advancement since this morning.

HVO has increased the Aviation Color Code to RED due to increased ash emission from Kilauea.

Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the Southwest. 

Ashfall and vog have been reported along Highway 11 to Pahala. 

At any time, the activity may increase the intensity of ash production.

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4:47 p.m.

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed tomorrow due to the potential ash fall and dangerous driving conditions. For more information please visit their website https://www.volcanoschool.net/

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4:07 p.m.

NWS radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions. 

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4:00 p.m.

Two American Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:

Pahoa Community Center, 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa, HI 96778)

Keaau Community Center, 16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)

As of midnight last night, there were 232 residents at the Pahoa shelter (not including those who chose to stay outside in the parking lot) and 30 residents at the Keaau shelter. 

82 Red Cross workers have been assisting evacuees with their immediate emergency needs.

Since May 3, the Red Cross, along with Hawaii County partners, has distributed hundreds of blankets, sheets, pillows, futons, towels, masks, toiletry kits, and other items; as well as over 6,400 snacks. 
 

The Red Cross is also working with the Salvation Army to provide meals.

Additionally, trained Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers are staffing the shelters and have provided health and mental health services to 840 individuals.

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3:24 p.m.

Earlier this morning, a new fissure (20) located near fissure 18 produced two small pads of lava. The ‘a‘a flow spreading from fissure 17 advanced about 380 m (1,250 ft) since 2:30 p.m. HST yesterday. The advance of the flow has slowed significantly since yesterday afternoon. At 6:45 a.m. the flow was nearly 2.5 km (1.5 mi) in length.

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2:53 p.m.

Highway 130 is now open beyond Malama Street for local residents only. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a steady eruption of ash coming from Halemaumau Crater is causing ash to fall downwind across portions of Kau District.  Ash is being reported along Highway 11 to Pahala.

Air quality is still Condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road. Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure. Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe.

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11:07 a.m.

No indication that the magma is moving down-rift from fissure 18.

From the summit-the vigor of the ash plumes from the overlook crater have picked up. There is a continuous emission of gas. 

That part of the island is continuing to record earthquakes, feeling ones near the observatory.

Volcanologist David Damby said, "The big thing to know is that the ash is not poisonous. The ash is fragmented rock, nothing more than that. You don't have to worry about it being hot." 

Limited exposure is recommended.

John Bravender NOAA said, "We're expecting weakening winds bringing the gas and ash hazards to a different area.  It will be less spread out and more concentrated.  Thursday the winds will pick back up."

The Kahuku Unit at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be open starting this Sunday.  It will be open Wednesday through Sundays.

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10:44 a.m.

Active Halemaumau crater. County of Hawaii Civil Defense confirmed tweeting this:

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May 15, 8:32 a.m.

A new fissure has opened this morning in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision northeast of fissure 19. Details will be provided as soon as possible.

This morning, activity remains concentrated at fissure 17. Lava flows from fissure 17 have advanced little over the past day. An estimate of advance rate overnight was about 20 yards per hour. The flow is moving generally east south east and as of this morning was about 1.2 miles above Highway 137.

HWY 130 near Leilani Estates will bot be open to local traffic, as new cracks have developed overnight.

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5:59 p.m.

Hawaii Fire Department advises residents on Pohoiki road near Lanipuna Gardens that air quality conditions are classified condition 'red.'

Condition 'red' means immediate danger to health.

Residents are advised to limit further exposure to this area due to potentially serious consequences such as choking and inability to breathe.

If anyone is severely affected they are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

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5:11 p.m. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that fissure 17 continues to issue a narrow lava flow that is slowly moving toward the ocean, which is about two miles away.

There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.

For up to date information go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map?

Be aware, no sightseeing is permitted in the area.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

Schools: Keonepoko Elementary, Pahoa High, Intermediate and Elementary Schools are open. Normal school bus routes are operating today.

Road Closures: Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School. Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.

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1:00 p.m.

People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are also at high risk. Be aware of the unpredictable nature of dangerous levels of SOgas because it can be carried far from the fissures with wind speed and direction.

Due to the presence of SOhazards in lower Puna, the following are issued:

Leaving the area of volcanic activity or sheltering in place is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Only specialized masks available for purchase will protect from the dangerous gases and particulate matter that are being released in the current volcanic activity.

Take precautions. When levels of vog are elevated:

  • Avoid outdoor activities that cause heavy breathing,
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration,
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke,
  • Stay indoors and close windows and doors prior to gas inundation,
  • If an air conditioner is used, set it to recirculate,
  • Always keep medications on hand and readily available,
  • Daily prescribed medications, should be taken on schedule and may provide relief from the effects of sulfur dioxide, and
  • Contact a doctor as soon as possible if any health problems develop.

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11:12 p.m.

Fissure 17 in the Lower East Rift Zone has been active Sunday night, spewing lava spatter up over 100 feet in the air.  The lava is moving southeast of Highway 132, and has moved about a mile from the fissure overnight. 

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9:20 a.m.

A fissure 19 has been spotted very near fissure 15 as of about 8 am just northeast of Pohoiki Road and north of Hinalo Street at the east end of Lanipuna Gardens. It is producing a sluggish lava flow.

This morning, activity is dominated by lava fountaining, explosion of spatter more than 100 feet into the air, and an advancing lava flow from fissure 17 at the northeast end of the fissure system. As of 630 am the fissure 17 flow had traveled just under a mile roughly east-southeast parallel to the rift zone. It is turning slightly south and at this time is about one half mile south of Highway 132.

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May 14, 9:14 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure in Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision has opened between fissure 15 and 16 at this time.

Be aware, no sightseeing is permitted in the area.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Residents of Lanipuna Gardens are advised to be on the alert to gas emissions and active volcanic eruption.
  • Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna area. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.

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May 13, 2:51 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that fissure 17 off Hale Kamahina Loop Road is at least several hundred yards long and producing lava splatter.

Lava is slowly moving away from the vent at this time.

This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass.

Continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely. 

Due to volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection. Only local traffic allowed on Highway 132 (Pahoa-Kapoho Road) and Highway 137 (Beach Road).
  • Highway 130 is closed at the intersection of Highway 132. Only local traffic allowed into Leilani Subdivision. Highway 130 remains closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
  • No one is allowed to go off-road sightseeing. Stay out of the active eruption area. Allow the residents to care for their business.
  • Residents of Hale Kamahina Road are ordered to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.
  • Residents of lower Puna: there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare. If you evacuate voluntarily, pet-friendly shelters are open at Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Community Center.
  • Vacation rentals in lower Puna are directed to cease operations to relieve the demand for water as well as reduce the area population so emergency responders can focus on residents who live in the area.
  • Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.

7:49 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure, number 17, is opening up about one hundred meters below fissure 16. 

At this time, steam and lava spatter activity has started from this new fissure. 

Minor spattering activity from fissure 16 is diminishing and no significant lava flow was issued from this area. 

In addition, HVO has cautioned about the possibility of an explosive eruption at Halemaumau Crater due to the ongoing withdrawal of lava from Kilauea summit lake.

This could generate dangerous debris very near the crater and ashfalls up to tens of miles downwind. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency is treated as a felony. 
  • Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna area. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.
  • Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.  There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.
  • If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

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12:47 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, HVO, reports fissure 16 is venting lava spatter about a mile below the geothermal plant property and a mile west, or Kalapana side, of highway 132. Highway 132 remains open. No residences are affected at this time, and no lava flow has been generated. 

Continuing earthquakes, ground deformation, and sulphur dioxide emissions mean additional outbreaks of lava are possible.

HVO states that an explosive eruption at Halemaumau Crater is possible.  This could generate ash plumes and dangerous debris that may affect an area as far as 12 miles from the summit crater.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.  There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.

  • If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

  • Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna area. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.

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12:09 p.m.

The County of Hawai’i Civil Defense Agency directs all vacation rental owners and operators in Lower Puna to cease operations. 

This directive is to enable emergency operations to focus on residents who live in the area.

  • The Lower Puna restricted area encompasses the area accessed by Highway 132 from Leilani Estates to Kapoho, Highway 137 from Kapoho to Kalapana, and Highway 130 from Pahoa to Pohoiki, including Black Sands Beach Subdivision.
  • Current vacation renters in this restricted area should find alternative accommodations outside the restricted area as soon as possible.
  • Until further notice, visitors who have vacation rental reservations in the restricted area should find alternative accommodations.
  • This directive is issued to owners and operators of vacation rentals within the restricted area, online advertisers of vacation rentals, current vacation renters in the area, and vacation renters with reservations.

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11:36 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure as the 16th fissure in the lower East Rift Zone.

Lava spatter was reported east of the geothermal plant property and northeast of Lanipuna Subdivision.

For up to date information, go to the https://hawaiicountygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3428cd9282ff431c865eb32761793078 for new fissure location.

Highway 132, also known as Pahoa-Kapoho Road is open.

Continuing earthquakes, ground deformation, and sulphur dioxide emissions mean additional outbreaks of lava are possible.

HVO states that an explosive eruption at Halema'uma'u Crater is possible. 

This could generate ash plumes and dangerous debris that may affect an area as far as 12 miles from the summit crater.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.  There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.

  • If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

  • The Civil Defense Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) will be open on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pahoa Community Center.

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May 12, 9 a.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense confirmed a 16th fissure in the lower East Rift Zone, spatter was reported east of the geothermal plant and northeast of Lanipuna Subdivision. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory states that an explosive eruption at Halemaumau Crater is possible. That could generate ash plumes and dangerous debris that can affect areas as far as 12 miles from the summit crater.

Learn more about the dangers of those explosions from the crater here

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5:29 p.m.

Governor David Ige’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hawaii Island was granted Friday, one day after the governor submitted the request.

The disaster declaration means that federal assistance will be available for public facilities such as roads, public parks, schools and water pipes damaged or destroyed by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes. It also covers costs for emergency protection measures including personnel for security and roadblocks, geologists and the military.

The governor’s request for assistance by the Hazard Mitigation Grant program was also approved for the State of Hawaii. This program provides assistance to all Hawaii counties to prevent or reduce long-term risks to life and property caused by natural hazards.

“I’m grateful for the quick approval of my request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. This opens the door to federal assistance and demonstrates a solid partnership with the federal government as we work to keep Hawaii residents safe and support recovery efforts on Hawaii Island,” Ige said.

As the volcanic eruption enters its second week assessments continue and additional requests will be made when federal requirements are met.

Friday's Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hawaii Island follows the Presidential Disaster Declaration for flood-damaged Kauai and the City and County of Honolulu, which was granted on May 8.

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4:33 p.m.

As residents between Kapoho and Kalapana in Lower Puna remain on high alert as evacuations may be ordered in the near future, the American Red Cross reminds those on Hawaii Island of the two shelters open:

  • Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa, HI 96778)

  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)

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1:57 p.m.

  • Kua O Ka La School will reopen in Hilo on Monday. 
    • Grades K through 4 will meet at New Hope Church in Hilo
    • grades 5 through 12 will meet at the Boys and Girls Club in Hilo.

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12:54 p.m.

The FAA has issued a 24 hr flight restriction for the Kilauea volcano area.

The only flights allowed are NPS-approved flights and USGS safety flights.

The Kilauea volcano is still highly active although the eruption along the rift zone is currently paused.

No new lava or spatter emission has been reported at this time.

Additional eruptions are likely along the lower East Rift Zone, which is being monitored by USGS.

There are currently no signs of an eruption occurring at Maunaloa. 

A team of seismologists for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are continuously monitoring Maunaloa.

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12:22 p.m.

The following is the latest Civil Defense Update:

As a precautionary measure, residents of Lower Puna, between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.

Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, Civil Defense advises the public to be prepared to evacuate at short notice. 

They advise the public to take this time to prepare.

For those choosing to evacuate voluntarily, be advised that the County evacuation shelters are located at the Pahoa Community Center or Kea’au Community Center.

Food will be provided at the shelters. Accommodations for animals are also provided at the shelters. Pet owners are advised that they are responsible for their own pet's care.

This is a precautionary message.  The top priority for Civil Defense is for everyone in the Lower Puna area to be ready, and to remain safe.

All beach parks in Lower Puna have been closed, including the Pohoiki Boat Ramp.

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9:19 a.m.

High levels of sulfur dioxide continue to be released from the fissure system.

Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and seismicity remains elevated. This morning, a steady plume of steam is rising from the Overlook vent. It is expected that occasional rockfalls into the deep vent will produce intermittent, low-level ash emissions. Depending on wind conditions, dustings of ash may occur in the Kilauea summit area and downwind. More energetic ash emissions are possible.

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4:10 p.m.

Schools closures scheduled for Friday, May 11th:

  • Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School (PCS)
  • Kua o ka La New Century PCS
  • Na Wai Ola PCS
  • Volcano School of Arts and Sciences

The Pre-k class at Ka ?Umeke Ka?eo PCS will also be closed tomorrow. All other classes at Ka ?Umeke Ka?eo remain in session.

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2:06 p.m.

3.9 mag earthquake reported by USGS off of Hawaii Island.

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1:11 p.m.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory still reporting no volcanic activity, though hazardous fumes continue to be released.

Road Status Update:

  • Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to 137 due to cracks in the road.
  • Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

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11:18 a.m.

Daily News Media Briefing for Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano-

  • Lower East Rift Zone last night was quiet, however there are high levels of sulfur dioxide gas.
  • Continuing to see earthquake activity, suggesting magma is moving downrift. Officials anticipate other outbreaks of lava that could be in the same area.
  • At the summit of Kilauea Volcano, officials are continuing to see a lowering of the lava lake.  They can no longer visibly see it. 
    • The lowering is creating intermittent rock falls and ash emissions.
  • Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed starting at 10 p.m. Thursday night until further notice due to the expectation of an explosion?.
    • "We are not expecting this to be a life threatening event," said Jessica Ferracane of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Those with a mailing address within the national park-USPS will be delivering that mail to Volcano village

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10:51 a.m.

  • Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) has completed the removal of all pentane gas offsite as of 3:15 a.m. this morning to Shipman Industrial Park.
  • The Kalapana Transfer Station is closed until further notice.  The Pahoa Transfer Station on Apaa Street is open 7 days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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10:27 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) confirmed volcanic activity has paused at all 15 fissures. Hazardous fumes continue to be released. Due to a forecast of decreasing tradewinds, residents are advised to monitor their sensitivity to increased levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the latter part of the week.

  • 15 fissures
  • 116.57 acres covered by lava
  • 36 structures destroyed

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9:39 a.m.

Reminder for those displaced by the lava, two American Red Cross shelters remain open in Pahoa and Kea'au.

  • Pahoa Community Center: 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa
  • Kea'au Community Center:16-186 Pili Mua St., Kea'au.

The Red Cross says overnight there were over 200 residents at the Pahoa shelter, and 24 residents at the Kea'au shelter.  

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8:10 a.m.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announces they will close the park Friday, May 11th until further notice.

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10:30 p.m.

Hawaii Electric Light Company inspected equipment in both Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Subdivision, shutting down circuits threatened or damaged by lava. 

HELCO also replaced a utility pole toppled by volcanic activity and restored power to about 500 residents even though a mandatory evacuation remains in effect.

About 350 customers in the area have been without electricity since the eruptions started. 

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6:30 p.m.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed Friday in anticipation of possible explosive steam event at Kilauea Summit.

Only the Kahuku Unit will be open during its normal hours, Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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2:58 p.m.

Governor David Ige announces two proclamations on Kilauea Volcano outbreak:

  1. Giving the county & state authority to move out 55,000 gallons of Pentane, a highly flammable chemical that PGV has been slow to move out of the way of approaching lava.  It would also have them take action to prevent geothermal wells from blowing out.
  2. Requesting a presidential disaster declaration so federal funds and resources would be available for the current emergency or if large scale air & sea evacuations are needed.

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2:38 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) confirms a new fissure is in Lanipuna Subdivision near the entrance and is actively erupting.  Officials are on site assessing the situation.  Hazardous fumes continue to be released. 

  • 15 total fissures have emerged
  • 116.57 acres covered by lava
  • 36 structures destroyed

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11:34 a.m.

Volcano Phone Briefing

Lava lake dropping at a steady rate, there is concern about water flushing into hot rock, that could move into steam driven explosions. 

"We think a small earth quake prompted the explosion this morning... This is the first of more events like that to come,"  said Tina Neal US Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

Other uncertainties include far downwind ashfall and ballistic blocks swung out during explosions.  It was also noted that there is a fair bit of magma under the ground that could erupt.

"It truly is an extraordinary time-in the last 200 years this is quite novel.  Scientifically, when all of this is over, and we digest the data, we will know a lot more about Kilauea as a volcanic system," said Neal.

All 1,600 residents of the Leilani Estates subdivision and 300 residents of Lanipuna Gardens have been fully evacuated.

It is the third say residents are allowed back in to the safe areas to retrieve their personal items, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as conditions permit.

Two pet-friendly shelters are open for those evacuated:

  • Pahoa Community Center Park: 272 occupants
  • Keaau Community Center Park: 15 occupants

"116 acres of land are covered by lava, with seven private and two public roads impassable," said Talmadge Magno from the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Officials are actively planning for the adjacent community to evacuate, and open a shelter.

Water has been resupplied to East Rift Lower Puna area, and power is being supplied to part of the Leilani subdivision.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open, but Jessica Ferracane Public Information Officer at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Service says, "If the situation at the crater changes, immediate action will be taken."

Ferracane said she was onsite this morning when the rockfall created the ash explosion and it was truly a sight to see.  She also mentioned that officials at the park know that Kilauea is the most active volcano and they are doing what they can to ensure safety of the staff, visitors and residents in the area.

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10:16 a.m.

Short-lived explosion at Halema‘uma‘u crater triggered by a rockfall, sent fresh lava fragments hurled from the lava lake. Interaction of the lava lake with the water table did not cause the explosion.  Geologists surveying the area after ash cleared.

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9:04 a.m.

Vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and Vent number 14 near Kaupili St. and Leilani Avenue.  Both have paused but continue to release hazardous gases. 

The lava has covered 104 acres and 36 structures have been destroyed.

Evacuation Update:

  • Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • Civil Defense has established the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
    • Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued at RIAC throughout the week.
    • The County is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.
  • The County of Hawaii and Civil Defense are not associated with the website www.punalavaflow2018.com. 

Road Status Update:

  • Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
  • Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

Service/Utilities/Agency Update:

  • Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
  • Water spigots installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker in Vacationland are still available for the public to access.
  • Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect.  All aviation request are administered by the Fire Department.
  • United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office.
  • The Hawai‘i County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office have established a policy of zero tolerance towards looting or vandalism. Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism will be treated as a felony.
  • DOH is working on updating SO2 data reporting online.  Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard http:/ivhhn.org/vog.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.
  • Contact the Humane Society for animal information
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May 9, 8:50 a.m.

HVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice

  • Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
  • Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Volcanic Activity Summary: The steady lowering of the lava lake in “Overlook crater” within Halema?uma?u at the summit of Kilauea Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks.

Remarks: HAZARDS

Primary hazards of concern should this activity occur are ballistic projectiles and ashfall.

  • BALLISTIC PROJECTILES
    • During steam-driven explosions, ballistic blocks up to 2 m (yards) across could be thrown in all directions to a distance of 1 km (0.6 miles) or more. These blocks could weigh a few kilograms (pounds) to several tons.


Smaller (pebble-size) rocks could be sent several kilometers (miles) from Halema?uma?u, mostly in a downwind direction.

  • ASHFALL
    • Presently, during the drawdown of the lava column, rockfalls from the steep enclosing walls of the Overlook crater vent impact the lake and produce small ash clouds. These clouds are very dilute and result in dustings of ash (particles smaller than 2 mm) downwind.


Should steam-driven explosions begin, ash clouds will rise to greater elevations above ground. Minor ashfall could occur over much wider areas, even up to several tens of miles from Halema?uma?u. In 1924, ash may have reached as high as 20,000 feet above sea level. Small amounts of fine ash from these explosions fell over a wide area as far north as North Hilo (Hakalau), in lower Puna, and as far south as Waiohinu.

  • GAS
    • Gas emitted during steam-drive explosions will be mainly steam, but will include some sulfur dioxide (SO2) as well. Currently, SO2 emissions remain elevated.
  • WARNING TIME
    • Steam-driven explosions at volcanoes typically provide very little warning. Once the lava level reaches the groundwater elevation, onset of continuous ashy plumes or a sequence of violent steam-driven explosions may be the first sign that activity of concern has commenced.

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