11:53 p.m.

The intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano continues.

Activity Tuesday was focused on the northeast portion of the fissure area; two new fissure segments (13 and 14) broke ground between fissures 7 and 6.

Fissure 13 cut across Leilani Street.

By 5:00 pm Tuesday, fissures 13 and 14 were inactive; Tuesday evening geologists reported loud jetting and booming sounds, and some spattering, at fissure 13.

At about 6:00 p.m. Tuesday reports of booming sounds were reported in the vicinity of Black Sands Beach Subdivision. When HVO geologists arrived soon after, no such sounds were occurring.

Earlier this morning, geologists reported the widening of cracks of about 1 to 4 centimeters, 0.4 to 1.6 inches, of cracks on Highway 130 and Aliili road. 

Rates of seismicity changed little throughout the day Tuesday, but increased during the fissure activity in the afternoon. Gas emissions remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures.

HVO field crews successfully completed the installation of two new co-located seismometers and GPS receivers on the north and south sides of the East Rift Zone.

HVO geologists will be in the area overnight to track and report to Hawaii County Civil Defense on the activity, and other scientists are tracking the volcano's overall activity 24/7 using various monitoring data streams.

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

For maps showing the locations of eruption features, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

For information on volcanic air pollution, please see: http://www.ivhhn.org/vog/

Tiltmeters at the summit of Kilauea Volcano continue to record the deflationary trend of the past week and the lava lake level continues to drop.

Rockfalls from the steep crater walls into the retreating lake continue to produce occasional ashy plumes above Halemaumau crater.

These plumes are expected to continue.

Earthquake activity in the summit remains elevated.

Many of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano. 
 

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11:30 p.m. 

The latest in the Salvation Army's emergency aid response to Puna community members:

Emergency Disaster Services personnel and volunteers from The Salvation Army are responding to the current lava flow in Leilani Estates with meal service, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care at the shelters in Pahoa.

The Salvation Army wants to let the public know that with new evacuations, need grows for additional large volume meal donations from restaurants and certified kitchens.

To donate large volume meals, local restaurants and certified kitchens may contact The Salvation Army at (808) 756-0306. Please note, smaller, home-prepared foods and meals, cannot be accepted for meal service at shelters due to health safety food preparation standards.

Volunteers are also needed at The Salvation Army’s thrift stores on Hawaii Island to help sort donations with launch of new voucher program for residents impacted by lava flow.

“Starting Thursday, our Hawaii Island thrift stores will begin accepting in-kind donations of clothing that will benefit those impacted by the current Puna lava flow,” said Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army Lt. Micheal Stack. 

“Clothing voucher recipients will be able to select any clothing items they need at our thrift stores using the vouchers being offered this week in Pahoa at the Recovery Information Assistance Center [RIAC] in Pahoa at Sacred Heart Church and any future disaster RIACs that are established," said Stack.

Those wishing to donate food and bottled water should contact Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank. They are located at 40 Holomua St. in Hilo and 73-4161 Uluwini Pl. in Kailua-Kona or call (808) 933-6030.

The public is encouraged to support the emergency disaster services efforts via monetary donations at www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org. One-hundred percent of the donated funds will support The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services in Hawaii.

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8:30 p.m.

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

Eruption update:

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents.  

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. 

Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 14 fissures have emerged.  

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 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • 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 is 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:

  • Hawaii 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 Restrictions are in effect.  All aviation requests 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 Hawaii 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.
  • The Department of Health is working on updating SOdata 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.

4:22 p.m. 

Kua o Ka La New Century public charter school and Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public charter school will be closed this week due to the volcanic activity and are scheduled to reopen on Monday, May 14, 2018. 

The Pre-kindergarten class at Ka Umeke Kaeo Public charter school will also be closed for the remainder of this week and will reopen on Monday, May 14th. All other grades at Ka Umeke Kaeo are in session this week. 

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2:50 p.m.

From Hawaii County:

EVACUATION - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. All Lanipuna residents must evacuate now.  Evacuate towards the ocean Isaac Hale Beach Park. 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 are actively erupting.  Hazardous fumes continue to be released. 

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2:04 p.m.

Two new fissures, 14 total.

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10:30 a.m.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • 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.
  • Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road
  • Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street
  • 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.
    • A dedicated website to answer questions, volunteer, make donations, lost/found pets and links to other important resources/information.  www.punalavaflow2018.com
    • The County is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.
  • Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as LIVE. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
  • A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in effect.  All aviation requests 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.

6 a.m.

The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues.  Hawaiian Volcano observatory confirms volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures. Hazardous fumes continue to be released.   A total of 12 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed. 

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • 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.
  • Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road
  • Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street

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May 8, 12:13 a.m.

Saturday's Commencement at University of Hawaii at Hilo is on. 

The school says there's no health hazard on campus but vog could be heavier than normal so they'll continue to monitor Civil Defense briefings.

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7:12 p.m.

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

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms volcanic activity has subsided at all 12 fissures, but hazardous fumes continue.  

Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 12 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

·       Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·       Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued throughout the week at the community information center.

·       Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.

·       The Department of Water Supply personnel confirm water repairs on Pohoiki Road are completed. The water line is currently being recharged.

·       A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.

·       No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

·       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.

·       Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.

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6:40 p.m. 

The Hilo Post Office has been reopened Monday. 
It closed Friday following the 6.9 magnitude earthquake which caused structural damage to the building.
Residents evacuated in Puna and Pahoa are advised to pick-up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office while their neighborhoods remain closed.

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6:27 p.m.

The eruption of lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano continues. The location of activity today was focused on the southwest portion of the area.

This morning, two new fissure segments broke ground. The first (fissure 11) opened in a forested southwest of Leilani Estates about 9:30 am and was active for only 3 hours.

The second (fissure 12) opened about 12:20 between older fissures 10 and 11.

By 3:15 pm, both new fissures were inactive but the west end of fissure 10 was steaming heavily.

Cracks on Highway 130 widened from 7 cm to 8 cm over the course of the day and additional cracks were found just west of the highway on trend with the eruptive fissures. 

For map of recent features discussed above, see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

Rates of seismicity and deformation changed little throughout the day. 

Gas emissions likely remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures.

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

For maps showing the locations of eruption features, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

For information on volcanic air pollution, please see: http://www.ivhhn.org/vog/

HVO geologists will be in the area overnight to track and report to Hawaii County Civil Defense on the activity, and other scientists are closely tracking the volcano's overall activity using various monitoring data streams.

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5:24 p.m. 

Charter School Closures Update:

Kua o ka La New Century Public Charter School will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Grades 4-12 will be located at the Boys and Girls Club in Hilo. 

Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School will be closed Tuesday.

Ka Umeke Kaeo will be open tomorrow except for their Pre-Kindergarten class.

Students on the Po Hoaka campus will be relocated to other sites.

Please visit the school's website for additional information. https://www.kaumeke.org/

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4:56 p.m.

Two American Red Cross shelters remain open for evacuees 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)

A team of Red Cross volunteers from Oahu will be deploying to the Big Island tomorrow to assist with sheltering, operations, and health services.  About 40 Red Cross volunteers have been working tirelessly to assist all evacuees with their immediate emergency needs. Fifty comfort relief kits have been distributed and 120 health and mental health contacts have been made.

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4:30 p.m. 

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Division advises Leilani Estates and surrounding area residents to contact their insurance companies for coverage inquiries and applicable policy provisions.

Those impacted by the mandatory evacuations, fire, smoke or noxious fumes may be able to start a claim.

They advise that consumers should inform their insurer of any damages or that they may be unable to access their home or business. 

Pahoa and Puna residents who still have questions or concerns after contacting their insurance company can reach out to the Insurance Division using the toll-free Hawaii Island number, (808)974-4000 x62790#

For more information, a home insurance and lava flow FAQs brochure is available at cca.hawaii.gov/ins/resources.

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4:17 p.m.

Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.

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3:23 p.m.

HDOT and the County of Hawaii are working on creating an alternate route in Puna should Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) be cut off by the eruption. The cracking at mile markers 14.4 and 14.6 on Highway 130 have widened over the weekend.  HDOT is now working with the county to prepare the unpaved portion of Highway 137 that extends north of Highway 132 to Makuu Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park, to ensure access to the Kalapana and Kaimu areas.

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3:10 p.m.

Recent 3.2 earthquake reported southwest of Leilani Estates.

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2:20 p.m.

Hawaii Electric Light warns residents returning to their Leilani Estates homes that downed power lines are still energized and dangerous.

Though electric service was cut in parts of the subdivision due to lava flow, other areas still have electricity.

Rhea Lee-Moku, the company spokesperson said, “Everyone should treat lines, transformers and other utility equipment as energized even if the equipment is on the ground. Until it’s safe for our employees, we won’t be making any inspections or repairs to equipment damaged by the lava flow and will only be entering the area to ensure the safety of first responders.”

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12:02 p.m.

Hawaii county officials say there are eleven fissures, the lava has moved up to a half a mile away from some of those openings.

Those fissures continue to spew out toxic gases.

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10:00 a.m.

Here are the latest updates regarding the impact to mail delivery of the Kilauea Volcano eruption in the Puna region of Hawaii island:

USPS announced today that the Hilo Downtown Post Office has reopened for business. The postal facility, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, had been closed on May 4 when the federal building was evacuated due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption.

USPS reminds residents of the evacuated areas of Pahoa/Puna that they should pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office at 15-2859 Pahoa Village Road while their neighborhoods are inaccessible.

USPS also advises that all residents who have evacuated in response to the eruption, whether from the officially evacuated neighborhoods or other nearby areas, submit Change of Address forms so that their mail can be redirected to them in a timely manner.

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9:11 a.m.

HWY 130 on the Big Island has reopened from HWY 132 intersection (Pahoa) to Kalapana. 

HDOT tweeted this: 

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8:24 a.m.

35 structures have been destroyed, ten fissures have emerged. 

The Department of Water Supply is working to establish a temporary bypass waterline to restore water service to the areas of Pohoiki, Vacationland, and Kapoho; we will keep you updated on this progress.

A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.

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8:09 a.m.

Hawaii County officials reopen access to Leilani Estates to allow residents to retrieve items from their homes that they left behind when they were ordered to evacuate. This is the 2nd-day residents were allowed to return.

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May 7, 6 A.M.

The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues.  Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms that active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continue in Leilani Estates Subdivision.  Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 10 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed. 

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • The County of Hawaii thanks Leilani Estates residents for their cooperation and patience during yesterday’s property retrieval effort.
  • Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 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. 
  • Hawaii Electric Light Company is working to try to keep power online.  Treat all downed lines as live.  Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
  • The Department of Water Supply is working to establish a temporary bypass waterline to restore water service to the areas of Pohoiki, Vacationland, and Kapoho; we will keep you updated on this progress.
  • A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases
  • Please, the residents of Leilani need our help.  This is not the time for sightseeing.  You can help tremendously by staying out of the area. 
  • Department of Education announced Pahoa High, Intermediate and Elementary schools will be open today.  Kua O Ka La, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nawahiokalaniopu’u and Ke Ana La’ahana are closed today.
  • The Hawaii 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.

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6:30 p.m.

All Kamehameha operations in East Hawaii will be open Monday unless conditions change. 

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4 p.m. 

Hawaii County Civil Defense confirmed ten fissures and 26 homes damaged as a result of the lava eruptions. 

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3 p.m.

All public schools on Hawai'i Island will be open Monday.

Students who miss school due to evacuations will not be penalized for absences.  Schools will be working with these students and families to address any missed learning requirements.

Air quality will be monitored at area schools. If it drops, schools are prepared to shelter-in-place in designated locations.  

All complexes outside of Hawai'i Island are advised to cancel planned school trips to Hawai'i Island through the end of the school year as a precaution.

Five charter schools will be closed Monday.

- Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science PCS (HAAS)

-Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo PCS

-Ke Ana La`ahana PCS

-Ke Kula ‘o Nawahiokalani‘opu‘u Iki LPCS

-Kua O Ka La PCS

- Kua o ka La New Century PCS will be closed Monday and Tuesday. 

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1:15 p.m.

According to the Hawaii County Fire Department, a total of 21 homes have been damaged by lava fissure eruptions within the Leilani Estates subdivision.

Since late Saturday night, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that fissure eruptions have been continuous, and lava has advanced northward from fissure eight beginning about 5 a.m. HST.  It advanced NNE about 0.9 km (0.6 miles) by 10 a.m.

Aftershocks from Friday's magnitude-6.9 earthquake continue, and more should be expected, with larger aftershocks potentially producing rockfalls and associated ash clouds above Pu?u ?O?o and Halemaumau crater. Seismic activity at Kilauea's summit remains elevated.

In the past 12 hours, deformation of the ground in the area suggests a pause in magma accumulation. 

Earthquakes continue at a diminished rate compared to the past couple of days, and the stations nearest to the erupting fissures record fluctuating amplitude levels that correspond to fissure eruptive activity. 

Areas downslope of erupting fissures are at risk of lava inundation. The general area of Leilani Estates remains at the greatest risk. However, as the eruption progresses, other areas of the lower East Rift Zone may also be at risk.

High levels of volcanic gas including sulfur dioxide are being emitted from the fissure vents. Also, smoke from burning houses and burning asphalt is a health concern and should be avoided.

Additional aftershocks from the magnitude-6.9 earthquake are expected, and some may be strong. Residents are advised to review earthquake preparedness by consulting available resources such as https://www.shakeout.org/hawaii/dropcoverholdon/

Residents of the Puna District should remain alert, review individual, family, and business emergency plans, and watch for further information about the status of the volcano. 

Hawaii County Civil Defense messages regarding conditions, warning, and evacuations may be found at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/

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12:05 p.m.

Hawaii Island police advise motorists to avoid Highway 130/132 intersection due to traffic congestion caused by Leilani Estates residents being screened to be allowed to return to their properties until 6 p.m. Sunday. The police recommend using Kahakai Blvd. and Highway 137 (Beach Road) to bypass the congestion.

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11:05 a.m.

Moderate to strong aftershocks should be expected for weeks to months to come, according to USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists.

In their latest activity update released Sunday, they said over 500 earthquakes occurred between noon Friday and noon Saturday.

The 6.9M earthquake at 12:32 p.m. HST on Friday was preceded by two foreshocks with magnitudes of 5.4 and 4.4 at 11:32 a.m. and 11:38 a.m., respectively, and followed by eight aftershocks with magnitudes greater than 4.0, including a 5.3M at 2:37 p.m. 

The earthquakes are related to the ongoing intrusion into Kilauea’s East Rift Zone and reflect adjustments beneath the south flank of the volcano.

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May 6, 8:45 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed two more fissures emerged between Leilani and Malama Street near Luana and Kupono Street Saturday night, With continued reporting through Sunday morning, the total number of fissures are up to nine at this time. Active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues between Maili and Pomaika’i Streets.

It is confirmed that at this time, at least nine homes have been destroyed.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents with property between Highway 130 and Maile Street will be allowed to enter the subdivision to complete evacuation of pets, medicine, and vital documents left behind between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Residents should retrieve their items expeditiously so others may go in after them.
  • Be aware of the very unstable conditions of air quality and the roads.  You will be required to leave the area if conditions become hazardous.
  • Residents will be required to provide identification and proof of residency in Leilani Subdivision.  Primary Police checkpoint is established at Highway 130 and 132. A secondary checkpoint is at Highway 130 and Leilani Street.
  • Leilani residents entering must be on the alert for elevated levels of Sulfur Dioxide, wildfire, and volcanic eruption. People with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
  • Please, the residents of Leilani need your help by staying out of the area. This is not the time for sightseeing.

According to the Red Cross on Saturday, of the two shelters open to affected residents, there are 152 people at the Pahoa Community Center, with another 40 to 50 people staying in their vehicles in the center's parking lot. At least 24 people are at the Kea'au Community Center shelter.

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

For maps showing the locations of eruption features, please see https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

For information on volcanic air pollution, please see: http://www.ivhhn.org/vog/

HVO geologists and other scientists are closely tracking the volcano's overall activity using various monitoring data streams.

Earthquake activity in the summit increased in the past two days, coincident with the magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Friday, May 4, beneath the south flank of Kilauea. In the past two days, about 152 magnitude-2 and magnitude-3 earthquakes occurred at depths less than 5 km (3 miles) beneath the summit area. Twenty-two magnitude three earthquakes were recorded. These earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and beneath the south flank of the volcano.

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7:09 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms no new outbreaks have emerged and that eight fissures continue to emit hazardous fumes in Leilani Subdivision at this time. 

It is confirmed that at this time, five homes have been destroyed.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens residents have been placed on evacuation notice due to the unpredictability of volcanic hazards. American Red Cross and Department of Parks and Recreation shelters are available for your sheltering needs.

  • An emergency water restriction is in effect for Department of Water Supply customers of Leilani Estates Subdivision and below. All residences in the Kapoho area will be affected by this water emergency.  Water spigots have been installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park, and a water tanker has been placed in Vacationland for public drinking water access.

  • Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely dangerous air quality conditions due to high levels of sulfur dioxide gas in the evacuation area. 

  • The high levels of sulfur dioxide are a threat to all who become exposed. All are asked to be on extreme alert to exposure to sulfur dioxide. 

  • The area continues to be unstable with volcanic venting and related hazards of an earthquake and poisonous gases ongoing.  Please heed all advisories.

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4 p.m. 

Hawaii Electric Light wants to remind the community that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted. 

Stay away from downed or low hanging power lines, assume power lines are energized and dangerous. 

When using a portable generator, read and follow instructions in the manufacturer's manual. Do not plug the generator into your household electrical outlets. 

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2 p.m.

Customers using Hilo Downtown’s PO Box are asked to pick up their mail from the will-call window at the Hilo Main Post Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays until further notice. The post office is located at 1299 Kekuanaoa Street.

The Hilo Downtown post office was closed on May 4 when the federal building was evacuated due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes caused by the eruption.

The County of Hawai'i is asking the public to refrain from dropping off donations at shelters as they are working with The Salvation Army and other community partners to set up a donation distribution center in Puna. 

The county says they're very grateful for the overwhelming generosity of the community towards distressed neighbors who have evacuated amid the eruption event.

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12 p.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense says five homes within Leilani Estates were destroyed by fire caused by Kilauea. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and field units say volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision and expects eruptive activity to increase and continue. 

All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are on evacuation notice.

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10:40 a.m.

Civil Defense says active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili, Mohala, Kahukai Streets and Pohoiki Road. Two new vents have opened near Makamae and Leilani and on Kahukai Street. There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time.

A Kalapana family's home damaged was damaged by a 6.9 earthquake Friday. They packed up their birds and evacuated to Pahoa.

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9:30 a.m.

Talmadge Magno, the civil defense administrator from the Hawaii County Civil Defense, says new vents started at least two house/structure fires. 

There are no official police reports of looters, but they are aware of the complaints. Magno added several police, fire and civil defense officials are feeling ill from the sulfuric dioxide smells. 

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9 a.m.

All recreational activities at the Pahoa Pool are canceled until further notice, as the facility is used as a hygiene station for evacuees. 

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May 5, 8:30 a.m.

County officials confirmed yet another volcanic vent has surfaced in lower Puna. The newest information shows that vent is active on Leilani Avenue in Leilani Estates.

State and county officials warn residents volcanic activity is still very likely in lower Puna. They are expected to release an update on the new eruption soon.

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10:30 p.m. 

Experts who study volcanic activity talked to displaced residents about what happened and what’s to come. 

Island News spoke with experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, who talked about how fissures came to be following those massive earthquakes.

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake earlier was the largest seen since 1975 - that was a 7.7 magnitude earthquake and after that, came a tsunami. 

Experts are now watching closely for what's next in Puna. That could mean more fissures or another large earthquake.

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6 p.m.

The sixth fissure is on the eastern edge of the subdivision. Not all fissure vents remain active, and no far-traveled lava flows formed.

Each eruptive fissures or vents are a hundred yards long and have opened over the past day. No significant lava flows have yet formed.
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4:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms that the volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision in the Puna District.

Active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets. New vents have opened near Kahukai and Pohoiki Road. There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time.

All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision are on evacuation notice. Police, Fire and County agencies along with the National Guard are assisting with the evacuation.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • Department of Water Supply reports an Emergency Water Restriction is now in effect for Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. All Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only. 
  • Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely dangerous air quality conditions due to high levels of sulfur dioxide gas in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with compromised respiratory systems are especially vulnerable. 
  • The high levels detected are an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate. 
  • The area continues to be unstable with multiple volcanic eruptions happening. No one is allowed into the area.  Do not attempt to return to your home at this time.  
  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions have been placed on evacuation status. 

County, State, and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. 

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3:44 p.m.

Magno, Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator, has confirmed that two structures have been destroyed by lava from the Kilauea eruptions. 

There has also been one cardiac medical-related incident confirmed in connection with the high amount of harmful gases in the air.

Four to five confirmed landslides have occurred on the Hamakua coast, one of them shutting down at least two lanes. Those lanes have since been re-opened.

The Hawaii County Civil Defense reports that there are no injuries at this time.

Kilauea's eruptions have caused multiple road closures, which Magno says are partially due to harmful gases in the area.

Magno goes on to say that he has never seen an intrusion this extensive. 

Hawai'i Island Mayor Harry Kim assures affected Puna residents that the County will provide meals for them in shelters as long as it is needed.

Kim also states that he will be working on the way to allow community members to return to their homes to retrieve any belongings they need. 

He says that he will discuss this with Puna residents at this afternoon's community meeting. 

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Pahoa High School's cafeteria. 

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3:02 p.m. 

These are the latest updates regarding Kilauea eruptions' impact to mail delivery:

The Hilo Downtown Post Office, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, has been temporarily closed. The entire building was shut down due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption. Beginning Saturday, May 5, and until further notice, Hilo Downtown’s PO Box customers are asked to pick up their mail over the counter at the Hilo Main Post Office at 1299 Kekuanaoa Street.

Due to the expansion of the eruption, residents of now inaccessible 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 are now being asked to pick up their mail from the Pahoa Post Office at 15-2859 Pahoa Village Road.

The Postal Service had previously requested that residents of the evacuated areas of Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and Pohoiki Road pick up their mail from the Pahoa Post Office.

USPS also advises that all residents who have evacuated in response to the eruption, whether from the officially evacuated neighborhoods or other nearby areas, submit change of address forms so that their mail can be redirected to them promptly.

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2:29 p.m.

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School sent students home early from school today, Friday, May 4, 2018, due to recent earthquakes on Hawai'i Island. The students were released at 2 p.m. today, and their families were notified about the early release.  

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2:21 p.m. 

  • Road Closure Updates:
    • HWY 130 & 132 fronting Pahoa High School 
    • The intersection of Kamaili Rd and HWY 130
    • The intersection of HWY 132 & Pohoiki Rd 
    • HWY 137 & Pohoiki Rd
  • U.H. Hilo Campus is closed effective immediately, and will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, May 5th and will continue with normal operations if there is no additional seismic activity.
  • Mayor Harry Kim of Hawai'i Island tweeted this:

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2:05 p.m.

Two dogs kept in a vehicle outside a shelter died this morning due to heat stroke.

The Hawaii Island Humane Society advises evacuating residents to seek shelter at pet-friendly shelters.

Pet-friendly shelters are Pahoa Community Center and Keaau School.

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1:55 p.m.

Power restored to 7,800 residents of the 14,000 impacted in Kaumana area and pockets of the Puna district.

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1:51 p.m.

Governor David Ige's team released this statement: "Our hearts are with the residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens, who were forced to evacuate their homes yesterday after a 492-foot-long fissure erupted and caused lava to flow into the streets... The five confirmed eruptions are also causing dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide. People with respiratory issues, kupuna, and our precious keiki are especially vulnerable... Now is a time for us to all pull together to ensure quick and efficient relief for the disruption and damage caused by the volcanic eruption."

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1:48 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente Hilo closed.

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1:12 p.m.

Effective immediately, the DLNR Division of State Parks has closed its Lava Tree State Monument and Mackenzie State Recreation Area until further notice.  Gates to these parks will be locked and closure signs posted.

This action was taken after consultation with Hawaii County Emergency and Parks and Recreation which recommended the closures due to earthquake activity in the Puna area.

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1:04 p.m.

Magnitude from an earthquake at 12:33 p.m. increased from 6.4 to 6.9.

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12:55pm

According to USGS, two beach parks are closed as of 11 am today. 

1. Isaac Hale Beach Park (Pohoiki)

2. Ahalanui Warm Pond 

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12:51 p.m.

USGS reports a 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just hit Hawai'i Island. 

It was centered in the vicinity of the south flank of Kilauea Volcano.

There is no tsunami threat reported.

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12:37 p.m.

Hawaii National Guard activated on Hawai'i Island. 70 soldiers and airmen were assisting those affected by volcanic activity.

The Guardsmen will be in full uniform and use military tactical vehicles as they patrol and assist with evacuation and security in Puna. Residents may see also HING checkpoints assisting the Hawaii Police Department or on patrols in specific neighborhoods.  

Because there have been reports during previous events of civilians wearing camouflage and impersonating military members to gain access to evacuated homes, the Hawaii National Guard is reminding the public that Soldiers and Airmen will be in military vehicles and carrying their military IDs. If there is a question at any time whether or not a person is with the Hawaii National Guard, look for their vehicle and ask to see their military ID.

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12:07 p.m.

5.6 magnitude earthquake reported on Hawai'i Island. No Tsunami threat according to NWS.

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10:23 a.m.

FAA warns not to fly drones near Kilauea Volcano, tweeting this:

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8:43 a.m.

The American Red Cross has opened two shelters for residents that have evacuated their home:

  • Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale St. Pahoa, HI 96778)
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St. Keaau, HI 96749)

Red Cross recommends packing an emergency kit for 14 days with the following items: Water-1 gallon per person per day, food-non-perishable, flashlight, radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, medications and medical items, manual can opener, multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies, and proof of identity), cell phone and chargers, family contact information, cash, bedding, change of clothes, towels, dishes.  You may also need baby supplies, games/activities, comfort items, pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications).

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8:39 a.m.

Due to the volcanic activity, three public charter schools on Hawai'i Island are closed today, Friday, May 4, 2018. They are Kua o ka La New Century Public Charter School, Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo, and Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School.

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7:40 a.m.

Per Hawaii Civil Defense Agency: Active fountaining is occurring at this time within the Leilani Subdivision.

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7:09 a.m.

It is confirmed, two homes surrounded by lava. Localized sirens were going off overnight.  Danger has increased by the lava fields-per Mayor Harry Kim of Hawai'i Island.

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6:44 a.m.

Hawaii County officials confirm a third lava eruption and that at least two homes have been damaged in the Leilani Estates area of Puna.

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May 4, 4:30 a.m.

Active volcanic vents are erupting on Makamae, and Mohala Streets, all Leilani Estates, and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision residents are ordered to evacuate immediately.

Police, Fire and County agencies along with the National Guard are assisting with the evacuation.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • Kua O Ka La Charter School, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, Keonepoko Elementary and Pahoa High, Intermediate, and Elementary will be closed today.
  • Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely high levels of dangerous Sulfur Dioxide gas detected in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with respiratory issues need to comply with the mandatory evacuation order and leave the area.
  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.  The Pahoa Community Center and the Kea’au Community Center are open for shelter. 
  • Residents evacuating should bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
  • The Hawaii Police Department reminds the public that a temporary flight restriction is in place for most of lower Puna. Drones can be confiscated in the Temporary Flight Restriction Area (TFR). More at tfr.faa.gov
  • Pohoiki Road is closed from the intersection at Highway 132 down to Highway 137 to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture power production is suspended until further notice.

For your further information, go to the following helpful links and contact numbers:

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10 p.m. 

Hawaii Fire Department detects extremely high levels of dangerous Sulfur Dioxide gas near eruption. A mandatory evacuation is in effect for all residents in Leilani Estates/Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

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8 p.m.

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving reservation change fees for guests holding tickets for travel to and from Hilo and Kona through May 13 due to the volcano eruption.

Guests will be allowed a one-time reservation change with the waiver of change fee if their ticket was issued May 4 or earlier and if their affected flights are scheduled for May 3-13. 

For changes made to new flights after May 20, 2018, the change fee will be waived, but the applicable difference in fare will be collected. Normal refund rules apply. Call Hawaiian Airlines’ reservations department at 1-800-367-5320 to make the change. 
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Lava is erupting out in Leilani Estates. 

Leilani Estates is in Pahoa, the east side of Hawai'i Island. Lava is emitting from a crack in the street on Mohala Street in that subdivision. 

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Thursday evening. The proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for quick and efficient relief caused by the volcanic eruption.

He also activated the Hawaii National Guard to support county emergency response teams with evacuations and security.

Evacuations are mandatory for the 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates.

The Red Cross opened two shelters at the Pahoa Community Center and the Keaau Civic Center.

"Just letting everybody know. Eruption is happening in Leilani. We get some lava coming out right now," Ikaika Marzo, Hawai'i Island resident said.

Since Monday, there have been hundreds of small earthquakes recorded on Hawai'i Island, one day before the Pu'o O'o crater floor collapsed.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, there was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a pink plume of smoke. Late this afternoon, some residents report ash falling as well.

School closures

The State Department of Education tweeted Pahoa-Keaau Complex Area schools are not affected by the eruption in Leilani Estates and will be open Friday. Counseling services will be available.

 Two charter schools on Hawaii Island will be closed tomorrow.

School leaders at Kua O Ka La New Century Public Charter School and Ka Umeke Kaeo say they will be closed Friday. Both schools have notified students and families of the closure.

Uber offering free rides to Red Cross Shelters 

Uber is offering up to $50 off two rides to and from the American Red Cross shelters. They also disabled dynamic 'surge’ pricing in the area.

The ride-sharing company is also coordinating directly with the Red Cross and Council member Jen Ruggles.