Fissure 8 Continues to Produce a Lava Flow. Another Steam Explosion at Kīlauea's Summit

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A total of 22 fissures have appeared since May 3rd in Leilani Estates. The eruption has destroyed at least 600 homes, and lava has covered more than 2,000 acres of land. 

For the latest information from Civil Defense, click here.

For earthquake information from the USGS, click here.

For a map of of active fissures, subdivisions, and road blocks, click here for County. Or here for Google

For details on the intrusion and volcanic activity, click here.

For details of health hazards of volcanic ash and guidelines for preparedness before, during and after an ashfall, click here.

For the latest on sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide emissions, click here.

UPDATE 6/14/18 4:15 PM

 

3:45 PM

Resources available for residents affected by the ongoing eruption. 

President Trump has approved Governor Ige’s request for more federal assistance for Hawaii Island residents.

The approval comes a day after Ige’s request – and means qualifying residents may receive assistance from the federal government’s full scope of individual assistance programs.

Residents affected by the eruption could seek help to resolve issues like shelter needs, unemployment, trauma and legal matters.

A FEMA Disaster Relief Center will be set up at Keaau High School today – so county, state and federal agencies will gather information from residents who have suffered losses.

Residents whose primary homes were destroyed or whose homes are inaccessible due to the lava flow – are encouraged to register at the center for possible assistance.

9 AM

The eruption continues with little change in the lower East Rift Zone. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at, what used to be, Kapoho Bay - producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

County officials will be hosting a community meeting today at 5:30 PM on vog and ash at the Ocean View Community Center.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the state Department of Health is recommending to limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues. 

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

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6/13/18 2 PM

Hawaiʻi County officials say the Kalapana Solid Waste Transfer Station will be open one day per week on Saturdays from 6 AM to 6 PM, and will resume collection on Saturday, June 16. The station has been closed since May due to road conditions on Highway 130. 

The County's Solid Wste Division asks for everyone's assistance with this new schedule change, and to not leave refuse outside the gates at the facility on the days the station is closed.

1 PM

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

7 AM

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

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.

A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

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

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6/12/18 3 PM

County officials say Leialani Estates west of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials. Residents who live east of Pomaikai Street can contact Civil Defense to schedule an official escort to their homes to retrieve important documents and belongings. Escorted entry is conducted only when conditions are stable and access is subject to change if conditions become unsafe. 

People with proof of residence can call Civil Defense at 935-0031 during normal business hours.

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho - producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the eruption and at the ocean entry contniue to be very high.

The National Weather Service says a decrease in trade winds will result in thicker vog through the weekend for the southern part of the island, through Pahala to Ocean View and wrapping around to Kona.

8:30 AM

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

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6/11/18 6:30 PM

The eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high. 

The National Weather Service reports trade winds are pushing vog southwest around the southern part of the island to the Kona area.

The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues. You can monitor latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/

A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at the Ocean View Community Center.

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

2:30 PM

The National Weather Service reports trade winds are pushing vog southwest around the southern part of the island to the Kona area.

8 AM

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

USGS officials also report volcanic gas emissions continue to remain very high from fissure eruptions. If you feel the effects of gas exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaiʻi Island by visiting the links above.

County officials want to remind residents to avoid the laze plume, and be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

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

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

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6/9/18 8 AM

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

Officials are advising the public to avoid the laze plume, and be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

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

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

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  If you feel the effects of gas exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the link above.

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6/8/18 1:30 PM

Due to elevated volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues. The public should stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change. 

N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will NOT protect from gases or vapors, including SO2.

10:45 AM

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

6:45 AM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning. Residents should be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Kaʻū.

The Observatory also reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.

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

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

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaiʻi Island by visiting www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

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6/7/18 6:30 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says fissure 8 continues to be very active - producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The lava delta is 1.2 miles wide in the Vacationland area and the flow is expanding northward through Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. 

The mandatory evacuation order continues for Leilani Estates, Pomaikai Street and to the east. The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai. Access is for residents with official credentials only.

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

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the lava channel being produced by Fisure 8 has filled in Kapoho Bay, and is overflowing occasionally northward through remaining areas of Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry continues to send a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

County officials say the mandatory evacuation order continues for Leilani Estates, Pomaikai Street and to the east. The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai. Access is for residents with official credentials only.

7 AM

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

Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. Residents should be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

USGS officials also say volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions. A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held today at 7 PM at the Cooper Center in Volcano.

You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is still open to Waʻa Waʻa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew. Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

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6/6/18 6 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at the Kilauea Summit occurred at about 4:10 PM.  The resulting ash plume reached 10,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas. The wind is blowing in the southwest direction and ash fallout may affect the areas of Volcano and Pahala

1:45 PM

The National Weather Service says slow, easterly winds are expected to bring vog to the island interior starting tonight, and over the next few days. Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may increase, affecting air quality across the central and southern half of the island. NWS officials say trade winds are expected to pick up again by the weekened.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the Fissure 8 flow has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.7 miles from shore.

11 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 10:39 AM was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami threat for Hawaii Island. 

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measured at a magnitude of 4.1 and centered at the Hamakua Coast.

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

8 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue int he lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to be very active and produce a large channelized flow that has filled Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

County officials say Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waʻa Waʻa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew. Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

The USGS say volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.

A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held today at 5:30 PM in Kona at the Weset Hawaiʻi Civil Center Council Chambers - Building A.

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6/5/18 12 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is still active and producing a large channelized flow that has inundated Vacationland and most of Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.7 miles from shore. A large laze plume is blowing inland into the air along the coastline.

Governor David Ige has signed a secondary supplementary emergency proclamation today. The proclamation adds housing and law-enforcement provisions to ensure the health and safety of the people affected by the ongoing eruption. 

The proclamation permits the governor and/or mayor to take the following actions with respect to housing:

  • Establish guidelines for providing accommodations and shelter
  • Identify county,, state and private locations and facilities suitable for use as shelters
  • Provide for relocation and rehabilitation for disaster victims
  • Make state lands available for housing

The proclamation also sets criminal penalties for those violating emergency rules, including:

  • Interfering with emergency personnel
  • Failing to comply with reasonable directions of emergency personnel
  • Failing to evacuate
  • Violating curfew

You can read the full proclamation below:

County offcials will also be holding a community information meeting today at 5 PM at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.

11:30 AM

USGS officials say a magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck at 4:32 this morning around Kilauea's summit. The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami warning, even though some areas might have experience strong shaking. The USGS says the earthquake had a depth of 0.9 miles.

10:45 AM

According to Hawaii County's Civil Defense, virtually all of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland have been inundated with lava overnight. Only the coast of Vacationland remains after the lava flow from Fissure 8 rapidly advanced overnight. County officials believe hundreds of homes have been destroyed - including one of Mayor Harry Kim's homes. There were approximately 500 homes in the area.

According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald lava also began flowing into the Kapoho tide pools overnight, destroying a popular snorkeling destination.

Credit U.S. Geological Survey

7 AM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to be very active, producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air.

Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waʻa Waʻa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew. Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

A community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria today at 5 PM.

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6/4/18 7 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to be very active and producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air.

Due to the lava entering the ocean, be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waʻa Waʻa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew. Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

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

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow that entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night. The ocean entry remains active and is currently a half-mile wide. The flow is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

County officials are asking residents to be aware of the laze hazrd and stay away from any ocean plume. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. Residents should be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

The Observatory says parts of the channelized flow from Fissure 8 is starting to break out and move north, approaching Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road.

County officials say an insurance claim forum will be held Thursday, June 7th between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM at the Hawaiian Shores Community Association Building (commonly known as "The Stables") at 15-859 Kahakai Blvd.

9 AM

County, state and federal officials will be holding public meetings on volcanic ash and vog in the following areas, dates, and times:

  • Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 PM: West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers - Building A. 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona
  • Thursday, June 7, 7 PM: Cooper Center. 19-4030 Wright Rd, Volcano
  • Thursday, June 14, 5:30 PM: Ocean View Community Center. 92-8924 Leilani Cir., Ocean View

7 AM

Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road. Lava entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night. 

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

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

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

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6/3/18 8:45 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports active lava eruptions continue in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling downslope to Kapoho. The flow is about a half-mile wide and is about 400 yards from the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137 and approaching the ocean, there continues to be no access to Kapoho and Vacationland as Highway 132 and Highway 137 are closed due to lava inundation.

County officials are telling people to be aware of the laze hazard should lava hit the ocean and to stay away from any ocean plume to prevent harmful health effects. 

All areas abutting Highway 137 between Four Corners and Isaac Hale Park have been ordered to evacuate.

Volcanic gas emissions, including sulfur dioxide, are high in the fissure system and Lower East Rift Zone. Residents in the area and downwind should take precaution to limit exposure.

County officials are urging residents to stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

1 PM

Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling downslope through Kapoho Beach Lots. The wide flow front is about 400 yards from the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137 and approaching the ocean, there is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137. County officials say first responders are conducting search and rescue missions in affected isolated areas today.

Residents should be aware of the laze hazard should lava hit the ocean and stay away from any ocean plume to prevent harmful health effects. 

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

Due to volcanic activity, gas and ash emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system. Pele’s hair and volcanic glass can be carried by the wind. Residents on the south and west sides of the island should take action to limit exposure to gas, ash, and volcanic particles.

10:30 AM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow that has crossed Government Beach Road and Highway 137. The flow is moving downslope toward the ocean through Kapoho Beach Lots. As of early this morning, the flow front was 500 yards from the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, theere is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137. First responders are actively conducting search and rescue missions in affected isolated areas today. Please contact Civil Defense if you confirm that someone you know is remaining in the isolated area.  Call 935-0031.

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

Volcanic gas and ash emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system. Residents in communities downwind, including Pahala, Ocean View, and Kona, should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash.

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6/2/18 7 PM

Vigorous lava eruptions continue throughout the lower East Rift Zone in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road. 

Lava has crossed Government Beach Road and Highway 137, and inundated the Four Corners intersection. The flow is moving downslope toward the ocean into Kapoho Beach Lots. There is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137.

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

Volcanic gas emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system. Residents in communities downwind should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash. People around the coast should be aware of laze gas from the lava's ocean entry.

County officials are telling residents to stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

2 PM

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

The northern flow front is above Four Corners, near the intersection. The southern flow front crossed Highway 137, Kalapana-Kapoho Road, 300 feet south of the Four Corners intersection. Part of the flow hit Green Lake and is creating a steam plume in the area. The flow is moving downslope toward the ocean.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, there is no access to Kapoho, Vacationland, Highway 132, and Highway 137. Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waʻawaʻa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone fissure system. Fissure 8 continues to be very active and produce a large flow. The flow front has reached Highway 132 and is about 150 yards from the Four Corners area. At the present rate, it is possible the flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within hours.

County officials say Government Beach Road, between Kuna Street and Four Corners, is open to residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

All residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are encouraged to evacuate or risk the possibility of being isolated.

Shelters at the Keaʻau Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church were relocated to the Keaʻau Armory, behind Herbert Shipman Park off of Highway 11. The shelters at Pāhoa Community Center and Keaʻau Armory are open and pet friendly.

The Pāhoa Post Office is open during normal business with temporary Sunday hours from 10 AM to 2 PM for mail and package distribution only.

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6/1/18 7 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone fissure system. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large flow. The flow front has reached Highway 132 and is currently 0.5 miles from the Four Corners area. At the present rate, it is possible the flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within hours.  

County officials say Government Beach Road, between Kuna Street and Four Corners, is open to residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew. All residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are encouraged to evacuate, or risk the possibility of being isolated.

Shelters at the Keaʻau Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church were relocated to the Kea’au Armory, behind Herbert Shipman Park off of Highway 11. The shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Keaʻau Armory are open and pet friendly.

1:15 PM

As of 11 AM, the fow front was still above the Four Corners area. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within hours - at the present rate.

Shelters at the Kea’au Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church have been relocated to the Kea’au Armory, in the back of the Herbert Shipman Park, off of Highway 11. The shelter at Pahoa Community Center remains open. The shelters are pet friendly.

The County says Leilani Estate east of Pomaikai Street is under mandatory evacuation order. All persons must clear the area by now.

The Pahoa Post Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. to distribute mail and packages to evacuees and residents experiencing interruptions in mail delivery service.

9:15 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is producing alarge, fast-moving flow. The flow front is half-a-mile above the Four Corners area, and moving quickly. At the present rate, it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within 7 to 10 hours.

The County is advising residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach lots and in areas near Highway 137 to evacuate now. Residents should complete evacuation by 2 PM or risk the possibility of being isolated. Traffic is flowing both ways to allow evacuation.

6:30 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. Breaches in the channel formed by the Fissure 8 flow can happen without notice and result in rapid moving flows. Everyone is advised to stay away from active volcanic areas.

The Hawaiʻi Fire Department says they have evacuated residents in homes along Papaya Farms Road and Noni Farms Road. Any residents remaining should evacuate now.

Under Mayor Kim's mandatory evacuation order for part of Leilani Estates, residents have until 12:00 noon, today, Friday, June 1 to evacuate the mandatory evacuation area. Mandatory evacuation is for areas east of Pomaikai Street in Leilani Estates.

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

Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not be able to respond.

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5/31/18 4 PM

The County's Department of Parks and Recreation announced the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center will be closed until further notice due a safety issue caused by the ongoing eruption.

While cleaning the center's pool, staff discovered "Pele's Hair" (fine threads of volcanic glass which are formed whena  spray of lava droplets cool rapidly in the air) in the water and filtration systems of the pool. Staff will continue to monitor the situation and the public will be informed when the pool can reopen for recreational purposes.

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says vigorous lava eruptions continue from the lower east rift zone fissure ystem in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Starting at 12:06 PM today, the mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all civilians in Leilani Estates, including and East of Pomaikai Street. Everyone will have 24 hours from the effective date and time to evacuate the mandatory evacuation area. The County says those who remain in the area after the date and time do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond. Those who violate the order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area.

10:45 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 8 is producing the most active flow with a channel that may overlow at any time.

Hawaiʻi County Fire Department says a flow in the area of Noni Farms Road is heading toward the Waʻawaʻa and Four Corners area.

Evacuation area residents in Leilani Estates with approved credentials are allowed to enter from 7 AM to 6 PM. County officials say the curfew is strictly enforced for safety.

Residents requiring access to Kapoho Beach Lots, Government Beach Road, Vacationland, and the Waʻawaʻa area must provide approved credentials for entry. There will be no curfew enforced.

Placards to enter these areas are available today only at the checkpoint located in Hawaiian Shores. Starting tomorrow, placards may be obtained at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Pāhoa Community Center, Monday - Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM.

10 AM

Mayor Harry Kim has signed a mandatory evacuation order.

Mayor Kim has also released his "Emergency Rule #1"

8:45 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports lava from several fissures continues to move through Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and toward the Kapoho area.

The County Fire Department says that a fast moving flow in the area of Noni Farms Road is heading toward the Waʻawaʻa area. Residents of Government Beach, Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are at risk of isolation or lava inundation should a flow reach that area. The County is advising residents to evacuate due to that possibility.

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5/30/18  6 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to move through Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and towards the Kapoho area. Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are advised to evacuate due to the possibility of lava cutting off access to Beach Road near Four Corners.  One lava flow is approximately 2 ½ miles from Four Corners and a second is about a half-a-mile from Highway 137, north of Ahalanui County Park.

2 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area. Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are advised to evacuate. You are at ris of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners.

Flows are estimated to be less than 1/2 mile from Highway 137, north of Ahalenui County Park. Beach Road is restricted to resident traffic from Four Corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow continued evacuations. Highway 132 continues to be closed.

Cell phone and landline telephone communications in the area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines. Please contact friends and relatives to make sure they're safe.

The state Department of Health has received reports of children using N95 masks in school and outside. Officials are advising residents that the masks are not intended for use by children or infants. Reduce their exposure by keeping them inside.

A meeting regarding vog and ash exposure is being held today at 5:30 PM in the Kaʻū District at the Robert Herkes Gym in Pahala.

High concentrations of SO2 are still present in the Leilani Estates area, where fissures continue to emit gasses. Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate

Mayor Harry Kim has issued a second emergency proclamation in reponse to the ongoing eruption in the Lower Puna area.

 

12 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the earthquake that occured at approximately 10:57 AM was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii. 

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.5 was centered at summit of Kilauea.

County officials are reminding residents to be aware of the possibility of after shocks. If the earthquake was strongly felt in y our area, precauionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connectoins of gas, water and electricity.

The state Dept. of Health is hosting a community meeting today to discuss vog and ash exposure in the Kaʻū District. It will be at the Robert Herkes Gym and Emergency Shelter in Pahala at 5:30 PM.

9 AM

The return of northeast trade wnids will continue to send vog toward Ocean View and Kona.

Civil Defense says high concentrations of volcanic gases are still present in the Leilani Estates area, where fissures continue to creat high fountains of lava.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the lava flow from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area. Civil Defense is advising residents in the Kapoho area, including Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland, to evacuate. Residents are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near four corners. 

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense say Beach Road is restricted to outbound traffic from four corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow residents to evacuate. Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.

 Officials say cell phone and telephone landline communications in the Kapoho area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines. 

The state Dept. of Health has changed the venue for today’s meeting to discuss vog and ash exposure in the Kaʻū District. It will be at the Robert Herkes Gym and Emergency Shelter in Pahala at 5:30 PM.

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5/29/18 1 PM

County officials say Highway 132 is closed from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners due to a lava flow approaching the highway. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the lava is flowing about 100 yards from the flow. If lava breaches Highway 132, the area along the highway, Vacationland and Kapoho Beach lots, will experience an extended power outage.

Officials say only residents with placards are allowed to access Highway 137 beyond Four Corners. Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.

11:35 AM

The state Department of Health will be holding a community meeting tomorrow regarding vog and ash tomorrow at 5:30 PM at the Robert Herkes Gym and Emergency Shelter (Multi-Purpose Room) in Pahala. It was previously announced that it was being held at the Kaʻū High School.

The County will be holding a community information meeting today at 5 PM at Pahoa High cafeteria.

9 AM

County officials say Highway 132 was shut down earlier this morning from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners due to a fast moving lava flow approaching the highway. Officials are advising everyone to avoid the area

Civil Defense says Beach Road is the only access into lower Puna, and access to Issac Hale Beach Park for recreation is closed.

Residents close to the active eruption must remain alert to changes in the flow direction, and are being advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should their areas become threatened.

The National Weather Service reports Pele’s Hair is falling in the Pahoa area. Pele’s Hair is sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers, carried on by the wind. Everyone should avoid touching it or getting it in your eyes - it can cause injury to eyes and lungs if breathed in. Pele’s Hair is abrasive. If it lands on your windshield do not use your wipers to clear it.

6:45 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says another lava flow has crossed Pohoiki Road south of the Highway 132 junction. Highway 132 is being shut down between Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners, due to a fast moving lava flow approaching the highway. Everyone is advised to avoid the area. Beach Road is the only access into lower Puna.

An ash eruption at Halemaʻumaʻu crater last night produced an ash plume 15,000 feet in the air. Light winds are blowing toward the northwest and ash fall may affect the Volcano and Pahala areas. 

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5/28/18 3 PM

The County will be hosting a community information meeting tomorrow, May 29, at the Pahoa High cafeteria at 5 PM. A second meeting to discuss increasing vog and ash exposure in the Kaʻū District will be held at the Kaʻū High School's multi-purpose room on Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 PM.

HELCO reports that power interruptions are likely in the lower East Rift Zone. The utility will be rerouting power to the Leilani Estates and the lower Puna areas starting at 3pm. Residents should be aware of downed power lines. Always assume power lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

8:15 AM

The National Weather Service says light easterly winds are expected to push volcanic gases and VOG westward towards Puna, including: Kurtistown, Mountain View and Glenwood. This wind pattern, combined with occasional bursts of ash from Kīlauea's summit, may lead to build up of ash and sulfur dioxide downwind of the Kilauea summit and fissures on the East Rift Zone. 

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense would like to remind area residents to take action to limit exposure to ash, volcanic gases, and VOG; be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice. Limit outside activities and exercise, and drink plenty of fluids. If you have breathing problems, stay indoors with the windows closed. If possible, use your air conditioner.

Ash and VOG may decrease visibility, so adjust your driving to the conditions. Stay alert for notice of changing conditions.

N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash particulate and do NOT protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2

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5/27/18 11:30 PM

At approximately 7:00 p.m., a large perched lava pond created by the flow from Fissure 7 breached - creating a fast moving lava flow that ran down Leilani Avenue and Luana Street in Leilani Estates.  The flow is now moving slowly toward the Northeast.

Due to this flow, HELCO customers in the lower Puna area, especially Kapoho, may experience extended power interruptions. And Department of Water Supply customers along Highway 132, between Lava Tree State Park and Halekamahina Raod, may have their water service interrupted.

8:50 PM

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense is advising Leilani Estates residents on Nohea St and Luana St between Leilani Ave and Kahukai, and Kupono Street between Malama Street and Leilani Avenue need to evacuate immediately due to a fast moving lava flow from Fissure 7.

Shelters are open at the Pahoa Community Center, Keaʻau Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church.  Shelters are pet friendly.

6:15 PM

Lava flow from Fissures 7 and 21 crossed into PGV property overnight and has now covered one well that was successfully plugged. That well, along with a second well 100 feet away, are stable and secured, and are being monitored. Civil Defense officials say neither well is expected to release any hydrogen sulfide.

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense officials say the special task force headed by Tom Travis continues to work to make the wells safe and to prevent any threats to the public from developing. No hydrogen sulfide detected despite the covering of the one well. 

Due to changing wind conditions, gases and vog emissions may increase in areas down wind of the vents in the lower east rift zone. Civil Defense would like residents and people in nearby areas to take action to limit further exposure to volcanic gases and be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice.

Due to southerly winds and heavy output of vog from the summit on Monday night, be prepared for a possible increase in vog and volcanic gas levels in the Hamakua area, lower Hilo and Puna.

1 PM

The State Department of Transportation announced they are lowering the speed limit on Highway 130, between Leilani Estates and Kamaili Road, to 25 miles per hour.  This is a safety measure for everyone who drives over the steel plates installed over cracks caused by volcanic activity. The area continues to be monitored for your safety.

County officials say a lava flow has crossed into PGV property overnight but has not impacted any wells. A special task force headed by the administrator of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, Tom Travis, continues to work to make the wells safe and to prevent any threats to the public from developing. No has been hydrogen sulfide detected. The public will be kept informed of the situation.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the lava flow in Leilani Estates has crossed into PGV property overnight.  County, State and Federal agencies continue to monitor Hydrogen Sulfide levels and no Hydrogen Sulfide has been detected.

Volcanic gases and vog emissions may increase in areas down wind of the vents in the lower east rift zone. Areas along Kamaili Road are experiencing elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.

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5/26/18 6:20 PM

The USGS has confirmed that the lava flow in Leilani Estates has crossed Pohoiki road slightly north of the HGPA site. The flows to the South continue to enter the ocean near MacKenzie State Park. Lava is now covering 2,372 acres, or 3.7 square miles.

Halemaʻumaʻu crater is producing small bursts of volcanic ash.  The ash is slowly being pushed downwind, southwest into the Kaʻū District.  Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase in areas down wind of the vents. Areas along Kamaliʻi Road are experiencing elevated levels of sulfur dioxide.

County officials are reminding residents to take action to limit further exposure and be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice if necessary. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.  Residents close to the active eruption must remain alert to changes in the flow direction, and are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should their areas become threatened.

11 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the flow in Leilani Estates has slowed its advance and is 150 yards from Pohoiki Road. The flows to the South continue to enter the ocean near MacKenzie State Park.

The County is distributing ash masks at: Cooper Center, Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center, Pahala Gym Annex, Shipman Gym in Keaau, and Naalehu Nutrition Center from 9AM to 1PM today.

6:30 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the flow in Leilani Estates has slowed its advance and is 150 yards from Pohoiki Road. The flows to the South continue to enter the ocean near MacKenzie State Park. There were two minor steam explosions at the Kilauea summit over the night. There is no immediate lava threat to PGV.

The County will be distributing N95 masks today from 9 AM to 1 PM at:

  • Cooper Center, Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center
  • Pahala Gym Annex
  • Naʻalehu Nutrition Center.

Each person may receive up to three masks. Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

The County will be hosting another community meeting on Tuesday at Pahoa High School's cafeteria at 5 PM

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5/25/18 3:15 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissures 7 and 21 are feeding a perched lava pond and pāhoehoe flow heading east toward Kaupili, Mohala and Kahukai Streets in Leilani Estates. Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now.

Civil Defense says HFD went door-to-door on Kaupili, Mohala and Kahukai Streets to check if residents needed assistance.

1:45 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports there is no tsunami threat after a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:44 PM. Officials say the earthquake was not large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii. Preliminary data indicates the earthquake centered in the summit region of Kilauea. 

County officials are reminding residents to be aware of the possibily of after shocks. If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

12 PM

The National Weather Service says trade winds will be slowing over the weekend, creating hazardous air quality and decreased visibility conditions throughout the Lower East Rift Zone. Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase over the weekend with higher levels of sulfur dioxide in areas down wind of the vents.

The County has also re-scheduled Tuesday's community meeting at Pahoa High School's cafeteria. The meeting will start at 5 PM.

9:45 AM

Hawaiʻi County officials will be distributing N95 masks today and tomorrow at the following locations:

FRIDAY 3:30 - 7:30 PM

  • Cooper Center, Volcano
  • Pahala Community Center, Pahala
  • Naʻalehu Community Center, Naʻalehu
  • Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center, HOVE
  • Shipman Gym, Keaʻau

SATURDAY, 5/26 9 AM - 1 PM

  • Pahala Gym Annex, Pahala

Free masks will be made available to all families, including those who picked masks last week.

Hawaiʻi County officials want to remind residents that the N95 masks do NOT protect against gases and vapors.

7 AM

The U.S. Geolgoical Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports lava flows continue on the east rift of Kīlauea. Active flows continue in Leilani Estates and entering the ocean near MacKenzie State Park.

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense would like to remind area residents that eruption activity could change at any moment - you are asked to maintain situational awareness and be prepared to respond to changing conditions. This includes your family and business emergency plans to include communications if you need to evacuate.

You can receive Civil Defense Emergency messages and alerts by signing up at this website: https://countyofhawaii.bbcportal.com

An information center is also operating Monday through Friday at the Pāhoa Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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5/24/18 7 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an ash eruption occurred at Kīlauea's summit at about 6:00 PM. The resulting ash plume reached 10,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry ash to the southwest toward the Pahala area.  

Civil Defense would like to remind residents and people in the area: 

  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  If you are outside, seek cover.
  • 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 has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

3:45 PM

Hawaiʻi County's Mass Transit Agency has announced that the Pahoa 3 Route will be reinstated starting tomorrow. Due to volcanic activity, all PAHOA/POHOIKI routes will end at Nanawale Longhouse. There will be NO stops in Pohoiki, Seaview and Leilani Estates

2:20 PM

Another community meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29th at 5:30 PM at Pahoa High School's cafeteria.

1:30 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the middle portion of the fissure system continues to be the most active. There are currently three lava flows entering the ocean between Pohoiki Bay and Lanipuna Gardens form Fissure 22, which is feeding the two other ocean entries.

Fissure 7 reactivated this morning and is actively fountain lava. The flow is moving towards the east into Leilani Estates. County officials are reporting the flow has covered Kaupili and Mohala Streets, between Leilani Avenue and the fissure line. The flow continues to be active.

Civil Defense officials are remind residents and people in the area to be aware of the hazard and to stay away from any ocean plume.

Residents down rift of the lava flows should be preapred to voluntarily evacuate at a moment's notice.

The County will be distributing  masks to protect residents from ash. Distribution runs today and tomorow from 3:30 to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Masks will be distributed at: Ocean View Community Center, Naʻalehu Community Center, Pahala Community Center, Cooper Center, and Shipman Gym in Keaʻau. Each person may receive up to three masks. Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

7 AM

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and other departmental ground crews continue to monitor eruption activity in the Lower East Rift Zone on a 24 hour basis, and work continues to seal the wells at Puna Geothermal Ventures.  The County will be inform residents and people in the area of any conditions that affect their safety.

Officials monitoring Puna Geothermal Venture say the situation remains stable, and lava has not encroached further onto property. County, state and federal crews are on the scene and monitoring for sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. There is no hydrogen sulfide detected at this time.

Frequent ash emissions continue at the Kīlauea summit. Take action to avoid exposure to ash.

The County will be distributing  masks to protect residents from ash. Distribution runs today and tomorow from 3:30 to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Masks will be distributed at: Ocean View Community Center, Naʻalehu Community Center, Pahala Community Center, Cooper Center, and Shipman Gym in Keaʻau. Each person may receive up to three masks. Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

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6 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new lava flow is expected to enter the ocean east of MacKenzie State Park tonight. Eruption activity continues in the Lower East Rift Zone. The middle portion of the fissure system is the most active with flows and ground cracking in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

County officials say the situation remains stable, and lava has not encroached further onto PGV property. Frequent ash emissions continue at the Kîlauea summit. Officials would like to remind residents and people in the area to take action to avoid exposure to ash

County, state and federal crews are on the scene, and are continuing to monitor for sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. There is no hydrogen sulfide detected at this time.

County officials will continue to distribute masks to protect residents from ash. Distribution runs tonight through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Masks will be distributed at: Ocean View Community Center, Naʻalehu Community Center, Pahala Community Center, Cooper Center, and Shipman Gym in Keaʻau. Each person may receive up to three masks. Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

1:30 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the middle portion of the fissure system continues to be the most active. Lava eruption and ground cracking continues in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens. 

Frequent ash emissions continue at the Kilauea summit, resulting in plumes up to 8,000 feet high. County officials are advising residents and people in the area to take action to avoid exposure to ash. 

To help residents, the County will be distributing free masks for ash protection. Distribution will be this Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Masks will be distributed at: Ocean View Community Center, Naalehu Community Center, Pahala Community Center, Cooper Center, and Shipman Gym in Keaau.

Each person may receive up to three masks. Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash

10:30 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports several fissures are still very active, fountaining lava and spanning about a mile along the rift from Leilani Estates to Lanipuna. Frequent ash emissions continue at Kīlauea's summit, resulting in plumes less than 8,000 feet high. Officials are advising residents to take action in avoiding exposure to ash.

The state, county and federal partners are monitoring the situation at Puna Geothermal Venture, and say they will continue to work on the wells.

The state, county and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working together to increase air quality monitoring activity. They will be adding new equipment throughout the Rift Zone to monitor for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. No hydrogen sulfide has been detected at this time.

5/23/18 7 AM

Ash Masks to be distributed today through Saturday in Pahala, Volcano, Na'alehu, HOVE and Kea'au

Eruption activity continues in the Lower East Rift Zone. County, state, and federal partners are working together to monitor the situation at Puna Geothermal Venture. Government departments alongside PGV will continue to work on the wells.

The local Fire Department, state Department of Health, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor the air quality in the Lower East Rift Zone.

County of Hawaiʻi, American Red Cross, and other agencies continue to ensure pet-friendly shelters are open and support services are available if residents need to leave their homes.

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5/22/18 8 PM

The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor highly active vents and lava flows. In a press conference this afternoon, HI-EMA's Tom Travis told reporters Puna Geothermal Venture is "essentially safe." But county, state, and federal partners are monitoring the situation at PGV.

The local Fire Department, state Department of Health, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor the air quality in the Lower East Rift Zone.

County of Hawaii, American Red Cross, and other agencies continue to ensure pet-friendly shelters are open and support services are available if residents need to leave their homes.

1 PM

Fissure 20 is feeding one flow entering the ocean, while other fissures are supplying additional flows. Sulfur dioxide emissions remain high, causing elevated levels in areas downwind of the vents.

The explosive eruption that occurred earlier this morning at the Kilauea summit resulted in an ash plume that reached a height of 8,000 feet. Ash has been reported in communities downwind of Kilauea. Officials are advising residents to take action to avoid exposure.

Fissures near Puna Geothermal Venture are active and producing lava slowly flowing onto the property. This activity has destroyed the former Hawaii Geothermal Project site area adjacent to PGV. USGS officials cannot speculate when the lava could enter the PGV plant area. County officials say there is no immediate threat to any of the PGV wells.

At this time, the following policies are in effect:

  • Due to high sulfur dioxide emissions, all media escorts near the fissures are postponed until further notice for safety.
  • Due to the laze hazard at the lava ocean entry, stay out of the plume.
  • Take precautions to protect yourself from ash fallout and hazardous gases.
  • 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.

Highway 137 remains closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kapoho and Kalapana residents are open to residents only with identification.

An eruption community information meeting is being held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria today at 5:30 PM.

9 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight. The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to the Puna Geothermal Venture property.

Officials are emphasizing they are closely monitoring the situation, and there is no immediate threat to any of the wells at PGV.

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic.

Mayor Harry Kim has signed a supplementary emergency proclamation today.

6:45 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports another explosive eruption occurred at Kīlauea's summit around 3:45 AM. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas. The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala, Naʻalehu, and Wiohinu.

Officials would like to remind residents of the following because of the ash 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 has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

A community meeting is being held today at 5:30 PM at the Pāhoa High School Cafeteria.

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5/21/18 7:30 PM

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

The 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 also 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. 

2 PM

A small lava flow from Fissure 22 has entered the property of Puna Geothermal Venture. County officials say it has stalled, but are not exactly sure where.

Mayor Harry Kim's Communications Director, Janet Snyder, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald  the flow has stalled between 200 and 300 meters away from the powerplant.

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the fissures continue to de-gas and produce large amounts of sulfur dioxide.

Hawaii County is advising residents and visitors in Lower Puna, south of the Lower East Rift Zone, to 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. 

Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required.

9:45 AM

Eruptive lava activity continues at multiple fissures, feeding two flows entering the ocean.

Due to recent activity, Hawaiʻi County is remind residents:

  • Gas levels remain high. Residents should take actions to limit further exposure.
  • All schools are currently open this morning.
  • 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.
  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Residents should 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.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says an overnight explosion at Kīlauea's summit occurred at 12:55 AM. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas: Wood Valley, Pahala, Naʻalehu, Waiohinu. This is because wind may carry the ash to the southwest.

Hawaiʻi County officials would like to remind residents that the danger from this eruption is ash fallout. The major response is to protect yourself from it. If you are home, stay indoors with the windows closed. Turn on your radio and listen for updates from the 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 has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

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5/20/18 9:30 PM

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

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following 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 Pāhoa High cafeteria on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 in the evening.

8:30 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports flow front 3 has split into 2 flows and both are entering the ocean. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that Sulfur Dioxide emissions have greatly increased.

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic.

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 in the vicinity of MacKenzie State Park, Civil Defense has issued the following policies:

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 damage, and eye and skin irritation. Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

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5/19/18 9 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  The flow originating from fissure 20 has again split into two lobes, both are currently heading in the general direction of the 13 mile marker on Highway 137.  Flow front #1 is approximately 630 meters from Highway 137 and moving about a 100 meters per hour.  Flow front #2 is approximately 750 meters from Highway 137 and moving about the same speed.  At the current rate, the lava flow may cross the highway within the next five to seven hours.

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137 due to a brush fire.  Residents in the area have been evacuated.

6:55 PM

Active lava flows have caused brush fires to spread from the flow front toward Kamaili Road. Residents on Kamaili Road need to evacuate the area immediately.

County and state fire units are in the area, going door-to-door to make sure people are informed and check if they need assistance. Everyone needs to stay clear of this area.

3:10 PM

The 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.

Officials say the lava flow is less than a mile away from Highway 137, and, at the current rate, may cross it within the next four to seven hours.

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 Pāhoa Community Center, Keaʻau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.

All persons are asked to avoid the area, and stay alert to messages issued by Civil Defense.

The Fire Department and HVO will be actively monitoring the flows by helicopter.

Highway 130 is open for residents only. Officials are warning area residents that closure may occur at any time with no notice.

Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to thru traffic. Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

Should the lava enter the ocean, residents are told to 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.

1:30 PM

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.

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

On roads information:

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.  
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic only, and present ID.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.

Due to ongoing ash eruption out of Halemaʻumaʻu, 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.

8 AM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a small steam explosion occurred in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater last night around midnight. National Weather Service reports the ash plume rose to around 7000 feet. Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kaʻū, Pahala, and Naʻalehu. 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.

Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.

Highways 137 and 130 are open.

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5/18/18 8 PM

Fast moving lava from Fissure 20 has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place, isolating approximately 40 homes in the area. Pohoiki Road is closed. All persons are asked to avoid the area.

Four people were safely evacuated by County and National Guard helicopters. People in that area are asked to stay in a safe place and wait for further instructions.

Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.

Highways 137 and 130 are open.

For those evacuating, the Pāhoa Community Center, Keaʻau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.

5:45 PM

Fast moving lava has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place. Police, Fire and National Guard are being sent in to stop all entry on both sides of Pohoiki and secure the area.  There are approximately 40 homes in the area that are isolated. Officials are gaining access by helicopter to the area to assess how many people are there and if they need assistance. All persons in that area are asked to stay where they are and wait for further instructions. 

All persons are asked to stay clear of this emergency situation.

2:15 PM

Department of Water Supply says an emergency water restriction is in effect for customers between Kapoho and Pohoiki. Please cease all irrigation in that area. 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.

1 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported several fissures producing lava spatter and flow located in the Leilani and Lanipuna area. Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents. The County can confrm that 40 structures are destroyed.

Hawaii County Civil Defense would like to remind Leilani Estates evacuees to be alert to decreased availability of access. Do not compromise your safety and remember closures can happen at any time without notice.

Due to high levels of volcanic gases and active lava fissures, no access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens.

10:45 AM

Hawaiʻi Electric Light has set up a webpage for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption, and for those who may have questions about billing and service during the emergency. You can visit the page here: https://www.hawaiielectriclight.com/lava

10 AM

Several fissures have gone active with lava spatter and flow. 40 structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning. Due to volcanic activity, county officials are warning of possible decreased access to Leilani Estates.

The Pahoa Post Office is reopened.

8 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory 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.

The County is continuing to distribute N92 gas masks today from 1 PM to 7 PM 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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5/17/18 7:45 PM

A third shelter has opened.  Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Keaʻau, is now open.

People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pahoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter. The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome. All shelters are pet friendly.

5 PM

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

10:45 AM

Due to the continued ash activity at Halemaʻumaʻu, the County is issuing the following policies:

  • 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.

The County is distributing free masks this afternoon in Volcano, Pahala, Naʻalehu and Keaʻau. Information below.

9 AM

Hawaii County will also be distributing free N95 masks to protect residents from breathing volcanic ash. The masks will be distributed at the following locations from 1 PM to 7 PM:

  • Cooper Center, Volcano
  • Pahala Community Center, Pahala
  • Naʻalehu Community Center, Naʻalehu
  • Shipman Park Pavilion, Keaʻau

ONE MASK PER FAMILY MEMBER. N95 masks DO NOT protect against gases and vapors.

Hawaiʻi Electric Light announced that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna gardens are now designated as no-entry zones 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.

Poles and wires continue to fall due to changes in the ground formation and seismic activity. Hawaiʻi 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:

  • Leilani Avenue from Pamaikai 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.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported an explosive eruption at the Kīlauea summit at 4:17 AM. 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 Kaʻū,  Volcano, Mountain View, Keaʻau and as far as Hilo. The National Weather Service has issued an ashfall advisory until 12 PM.

Due to the elevated sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels, Pāhoa High, Intermediate, and Elementary School Complex, Keonepoko Elementary, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Science, Nā Wai Ola Publich Charte School, Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu iki, and Volcano School of Arts and Science will be closed.

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5/16/18 7 PM

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports that activity within Leilani subdivision and the lower East Rift continues at a diminished rate, no flows are active. Heavy de-gassing is occurring at each vent.

Highway 11 near the entrance to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open at this time, although the road has suffered minor cracking. All other highways are open. Local traffic only beyond checkpoints at Highway 130 by Pahoa High School, and Highway 132 at Pohoiki Road intersection.

3:50 PM

Officials at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park reports a 3.5-magnitude earthquake that occurred around 11:30 AM  has caused noticeable structural damage in park buildings. The earthquake left behind a web of earth cracks and uneven road surfaces on Highway 11 and other park roadways. 

No injuries were reported.

Park emergency managers urge motorists to slow down and use caution on Highway 11, particularly between mile markers 28 and 29, and Piʻi Mauna Road - where most of the damage occurred. The park, which has jurisdiction of Highway 11 between mile markers 28 and 38.5, is not closing Highway 11 at this time.

1 PM

The National Weather Service reports very light ashfall and hazardous air quality is possible.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says occasional bursts of ash are coming from Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. Light upslope winds may carry ash across portions of Kaʻū, Puna, and North and South Hilo Districts. Only trace dusting of ash is currently visible on property.

12 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the earthquake that occurred at approximately 11:36 AM was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for Hawaiʻi  Island. There is no tsunami threat.

Preliminary data indicates the earthquake measuring at 4.0 magnitude was centered in the summit region of Kīlauea.

10:50 AM

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Ashfall Advisory as of 8:33 AM. Volcanic emissions from Halemaʻumaʻu Crater have decreased since Tuesday evening. The NWS could reissue the advisory as conditions warrant.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that occasional bursts of ash are coming from Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, causing ash to fall downwind across portions of Lower Puna to include Volcano Village and Kaʻū District. Only trace dusting of ash is currently visible on property.

9:10 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports there is no tsunami threat for Hawaiʻi Island after a 4.2 magnitude earthquake (preliminary) occurred at 8:36 AM. The earthquake was centered in the summit region of Kīlauea.

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reminds residents to be aware of the possibility of after shocks. If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

8:00 AM

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

The Observatory has also increased the Aviation Color Code to RED due to increased ash emission from Kīlauea. 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, activity may increase the intensity of ash production.

The County has issued the following because of recent activity:

  • Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed today.
  • Hawaiʻi Fire Department reports that air quality is CONDITION RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and the surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road. Condition Red means immediate danger to health, so take action to limit further exposure.
  • The Department of Transportation announced that Highway 130 is open beyond Malama Street for local residents only. The Hawaiʻi Police Department says no large trailers or heavy equipment will be allowed over the metal plates.
  • Highway 132 is closed at the Pohoiki Road intersection, and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pāhoa High School. ONLY LOCAL TRAFFIC IS 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 Pāhoa Community Center and Keaʻau Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

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5/15/18 2:55 PM

The state Department of Transportation announced that Highway 130 is now open beyond Malama Street for local residents only. The Hawaiʻi Police Department is requesting no large trailers or heavy equipment be taken over the metal plates.

The Hawaiʻi Fire Department says the 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 chocking and inability to breathe.

1:40 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports eruption activity continues in Lower Puna with fissure 20 opening early this morning. The narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is the only active flow at this time. It has slowed down considerably and is moving about 20 years per hour toward the ocean - about 1.2 miles from Highway 137. There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.

The observatory also reports a steady eruption of ash coming form Halemaʻumaʻu Crater is causing ash to fall downwind across portions of Kaʻū District. Ash is being reported along Highway 11 to Pahala.

11 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports rock falls and gas explosions within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater have caused an ash plume which is carrying ash downstream across the Kaʻū District. Ash is being reported along Highway 11 Pahala.

County officials are asking residents to:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant.
  • Those with respiratory sensitivities should take extra precaution to minimize exposure.
  • Drive with caution.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure has opened in the Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision northeast from fissure 19.  The narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is still moving slowly toward the ocean at approximately 20 yards per hour. There are no homes or roads threatened at this time.

The state Department of Transportation is working to reopen the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Highway 130) from Malama Street to Kamaili Road this morning for local traffic only. Motorists are advised to drive with cuation as metal plates will be placed over the cracks on the roadway. DOT and County personnel will be stationed along the route to ensure the roadway is safe for local traffic.

Hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the fissures continue. The gas is dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems. SO2 can be carried with wind, or, cover an area with no wind. Residents of Lower Puna are advised to be on the alert for gas emissions.

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

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5/14/18 4:50 PM

The Hawaiʻi County Fire Department reports that fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens are releasing high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas at this time. Residents in the area and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna Gardens are advised the air quality is condition RED.

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. This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.

County officials want to remind residents that:

Due to the toxic gas hazard in the affected area, that:

  • Leaving the area of SO2 inundation is the best way to protect yourself and your family.
  • Seek medical attention if severely affected.

12:45 PM

The state Department of Health reports the current eruption activity is producing dangerous of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas and other emissions that are hazardous; especially for elderly, young children and babies and individuals with respiratory problems. People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are also at high risk. Health officials are advising those in the area to be aware of the unpredictable nature of dangerous levels of SO2 gas because it can be carried far from the fissures with wind speed and direction.

Health officials would like to remind residents that leaving the area of volcanic activity or shelternig in place is the best way to protect yourself and your family.

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.

You can monitor vog levels and forecasts, here: https://vog.ivhhn.org/

8:30 AM

At 7:25 AM, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported another fissure has opened between fissure 15 and 16. You can find a map of the fissure locations, here: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map​

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is reporting that fissure 17 continues to be active. A narrow lava flow has been generated and is slowly moving toward the ocean, which is about two miles away. There are no homes or road threatened at this time.

County officials say Keonepoko Elementary, Pahoa High, Intermediate and Elementary Schools are open. And normal school bus routes are operating today.

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

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5/13/18 1 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 17 off Halekamahina Loop Road is at least several hundred yards long and producing lava spatter. Several reports say the fissure is at least 1,000 long, and has claimed another structure. Lava is slowly moving away from the vent at this time. This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass.

The Observatory says continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely.

Hawaiʻi County is reporting the closures of the following roads:

  • 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 Kama’ili 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.

Resident of Halekamahina Road are ordered to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.

The County is advising residents of Lower Puna to take this time prepare for a possible evacuation. The County is also directing vacation rentals in Lower Puna 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.

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

7:30 AM

Hawaiʻi County's Department of Public Works and HPD have verified reports of a new fissure to the west, or Kalapana side, of Highway 132 on Halekamahina Loop Road. Steam and lava spatter activity has started from this new fissure.

County officials are ordering residents of Halekamahina Loop Road to evacuate. The Pāhoa Community Center and Keaʻau Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

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5/12/18 7 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure, number 17, is opening up about 100 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 Halema’uma’u 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.

10 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure has appeared in the Lower East Rift Zone. Lava spatter was reported east of the geothermal plant property and northeast of the Lanipuna Subdivision. Continuing earthquakes, ground deformation, and sulfur dioxide emissions mean additional outbreaks of lava area possible.

The Observatory states that an explosive eruption at Halemaʻumaʻu 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.

Civil Defense is still advising 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.

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5/11/18 5 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has cautioned about the possibility of an explosive eruption at Halemaumau.

This is caused by the withdrawal of lava from Halemaumau’s summit lake, which leads to a steam-driven eruption. Such an eruption could generate ash plumes as high as 20,000 feet.  The area affected by ash plumes could be as wide as 12 miles.

Should this occur, the following are advised:

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout. The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If this event occurs while 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, do check your home, and especially your catchment system, for any impact that may affect your water quality.

This is precautionary information for your safety in the event that there is a Halemaumau explosive event.  We want everyone in the Volcano area to be ready, and to remain safe.  Do keep yourself informed and on the alert.

1:45 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports the East Rift Zone intrusion and seismic activity appears to be moving down-rift in a northeast direction. Hazardous fumes continue to be released from existing cracks and fissures, but no lava activity is occurring at this time.

As a precautionary measure, County officials are advising residents of Lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana 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, the county is advising residents to be prepared to evacuate at short notice. Take this time to prepare.

If you do 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.

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

Due to the anticipated steam-induced explosion at the summit of Kīlauea, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Temporary Flight Restriction over Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The TFR extends 20,000 feet AGL and a 12 nautical mile radius around Kīlauea's summit.

Most of the park is closed, except for the Kahuku Unit, until further notice.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports all fissures continue to release hazardous gases, but no volcanic activity is present at this time.

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5/10/18 6:15 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that all fissures continue to release hazardous gases, but no volcanic activity is present at this time.

County officials estimate more than 117 acres of land are covered by lava. But no other structures have been destroyed.

3 PM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says all 15 fissures have paused, but toxic fumes are still being released from the vents.

Earlier today, Governor David Ige signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration request, asking President Trump to declare the state a major disaster as a result of the ongoing seismic activity and volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island.

Since May 3, the state and Hawaii County have dedicated more than $400,000 in emergency protective measures for the lava flow and earthquakes in Kilauea's East Rift Zone. State officials believe the cost to protect residents over the next 30 days is expected to be more than $2.9 million. These costs do not include permanent work or damages incurred from the earthquakes, and costs will skyrocket should large-scale air and sea evacuations become necessary.

10:50 AM

Civil Defense confirms tons of the flammable pentane gas stored at the Puna Geothermal Venture facility have been moved off-site.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announced most of the park will be closed tomorrow due to the possibility of an explosive steam event and ash fall at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Only the Kahuku Unit will be open during its normal hours, Friday through Sunday, 9 AM to 3 PM.

7 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that all 15 fissures have paused, but hazardous gases continue to be released from the vents.

Below, aerial footage of the lava flow shot by the Department of Defense.

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5/9/18 3:15 PM

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

There are 15 total fissures, approximately 116.5 acres are covered by lava and 36 structures destroyed.

County officials say there are no threates to Nanawale Estates at this time.

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

Spectrum has installed free Wi-FI access at: Keaau Community Center, Pāhoa Community Center, Pāhoa Senior Center, Recovery Information and Assistance Center at Sacred Hearts Church, and the Food/Supply Center at the corner of Highway 130 and 132.

The Hawaii National Guard will be in the area conducting presence patrols to provide assistance and security in the area.

The Kalapana Transfer Station is closed until further notice. The closure is due to the inability of the county's commercial vehicles to safely access the site. The public can continue to use the Pāhoa Transfer Station, located in Pāhoa Village and open 7 days a week, from 6 AM to 6 PM.

The Department of Water Supply has issued an emergency water restriction for the Pohoiki, Vacationland and Kapoho area due to the impacts to the bypass waterline caused by the latest fissure event. Water spigots are installed near the netrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker in Vacationland are still available for the public to access.

1:30 PM

A 15th fissure is being reported to have appeared in Leilani Estates. 

The administrator of Hawaiʻi County's Civil Defense believes 26 of the 36 structures destroyed are homes. He added the pentane stored at the Puna Geothermal Venture facility will be moved.

7 AM

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense reports all 14 fissures have paused for now, but are still releasing hazardous gases.

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5/8/18 7 PM

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

2:37 PM

County officials have confirmed with HPR that ANY REMAINING RESIDENTS OF LANIPUNA GARDENS MUST EVACUATE NOW. More details to come.

Two more fissures appeared this afternoon, bringing the total number of fissures to 14. The two new fissures are near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Street, and between Kaupili and Hoʻokupu Streets.

The other 12 fissures have remained inactive since last night.

2 PM

Several reports indicate two new eruptions have occurred, and at least one more house has been destroyed.

Below is a video taken by the USGS yesterday of fissure #12 in the forest south of Malama Street.

And here's a video taken last night by the USGS of the Halemaʻumaʻu's lava lake, which has dropped more than 220 meters (240 yards) below the crater rim, and continues to drop.

9:20 AM

Civil Defense says 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. The lava has covered approximately 104 acres and destroyed 35 structures.

Authorities are allowing Leilani Estates residents to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice. County officials are telling residents to follow the instructions of the authorities on scene, and be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

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

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

Civil Defense has established the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, 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.

More information on donations, volunteer opportunities, frequently asked questions, lost/found pets, and other resources can be found here: http://www.punalavaflow2018.com

The state Department of Health is working on updating its Sulfur Dioxide data reporting online. The Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard can be found here: http://ivhhn.org/vog

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5/7/18 6 PM

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

Hawaii County officials would like to remind residents of Leilani Estates that they will be allowed to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice - conditions permitting. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene, and be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases. Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.

Civil Defense has created a permit system for residents to streamline the re-entry/retrieval process.
Credit Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Civil Defense has also established a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued throughout the week at the center.

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

The Department of Water Supply has confirmed that water repairs on Pohoiki Road are complete, and the water line is currently being recharged. A water truck for public use is still available, and located near the Vactionland mailboxes.

United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pāhoa 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.

3 PM

Two new fissures have emerged south of Malama Street in Leilani Estates emitting lava and gas. That brings the total number of active fissures to 12. The number of damaged structures remains the same at 35.

County officials have closed Highway 130 between Malama Street and Kamaili Road, and closed Pohoiki Road from 132 to Hinalo Street.

Tonight's community meeting will be televised on Na Leo TV, you can stream it live here: http://naleo.tv/

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division is advising residents of Leilani Estates and the surrounding area to contact their insurance companies fo coverage questions and applicable policy provisions. Those impacted by the mandatory evacuations, fire, smoke or noxious fumes may be able to start a claim.

Consumers should inform their insurer of any damages or that they may be unable to access their home or business. The policy may require a notification to the insurer within a certain timeframe. Officials advise residents to keep detailed notes of any conversations, and to not be afraid to ask questions. More information can be found here: http://cca.hawaii.gov/ins/resources

Administrators with the University of Hawaii - Hilo will still hold its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 12th, 9 AM  at the Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registered ADA guests, and 8 a.m. for the general public.

11:30 AM

County officials are holding a community meeting tonight at the Pāhoa High School cafeteria at 5:30 PM. Civil Defense has also established a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamailia Road.

8:11 AM

The volcanic eruption in Lower Puna's Leilani Subdivision continues. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms that active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continue in Leilani Estates. Since last Thursday, a total of 10 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed.

Hawaiʻi County officials will allow Leilani Estate residents, conditions permitting, to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice. Officials are advising residents to follow the instructions of the authorities on scene and be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

The County is not allowing access to Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

The Hawaiʻi County Police Department and 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.

Hawaiian Electric Company is working to try to keep power online. Residents should treat all downed lines as live, and under no circumstances should residents approach or touch downed lines.

The Department of Water Supply is working to establish a temporary bypass waterline to restore water service to teh areas of Pohoiki, Vacationland, and Kapoho. Water Supply officials will send further updates on this progress. In the meantime, the department has a water truck available for public use near the Vacationland mailboxes.

The Department of Education announced Pahoa High, Intermediate and Elementary schools will be open today. Kua O Ka La, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, Nawahiokalaniopuʻu and Ke Anan Laʻahana are closed today.

Video taken on Saturday, May 5 by the USGS and University of Hawaii.

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5/6/18 7:40 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms that active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues in Leilani Estates Subdivision. Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 10 fissures have emerged, and 26 homes have been destroyed.

Several reports indicate an 11th fissure has appeared in Leilani Estates.

1:45 PM

Hawaiʻi Civil Defense officials say at least 21 homes have been destroyed by volcanic activity in Leilani Estates.

8:40 AM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 more fissures emerged between Leilani and Malama Street near Luana and Kupono Street last night, bringing the total number of fissures to 9 at this time. Active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues between Mohala and Pomaika’i Street. Click the link to the map

It is confirmed that at this time, at least 9 homes have been destroyed.

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 AM to 6 PM. Residents should retrieve their items expeditiously so others may go in after them.

Be aware of the very unstable conditions of air quality and of 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.

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5/5/2018 3:45 PM

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports all eight fissures in Leilani Estates have "gone quiet." But county officials don't believe this event is done.

1:00 PM

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and field units confirm that the volcanic eruption activities continue in Leilani Subdivision. At this time eruptive activity is increasing and is expected to continue.

Multiple sources confirm five buildings in Leilani Estates have been destroyed.

HELCO reports that power has been interrupted to the Leilani Estates Subdivision due to lava affecting power lines. HELCO crews are standing by and monitoring the situation.  Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

The Department of Water Supply has issued an emergency water status for all areas ocean side of Leilani Estates.  This is due to the main water lines being impacted by lava activity. All residences in the Kapoho area will be affected by this water shortage.  Water spigots have been installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker has been placed in Vacationland for public access.

11:30 AM

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

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 evacuation.

Department of Water Supply has expanded its Emergency Water Restriction to include: is now in effect for Pohoiki Bay Estates, Green Lake Farm Lots, Vacationland and all customers on Pohoiki and Kalapana Kapoho Beach Roads. ALL Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

8:25 AM

A reported seventh and eighth fissure have appeared in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna. The seventh near Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road. And the eighth close to the Puna Geothermal Venture.

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 evacuation.

The Department of Water Supply has issued an Emergency Water Restriction for Leilani Estates, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. ALL Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

Hawaiʻi Fire Department reports extremely dangerous 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. 

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5/4/2018 4:45 PM

Civil Defense has issued a water restriction for Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. Customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

FROM CIVIL DEFENSE

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 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. PGV is secured.

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 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, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. ALL Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

·         A community meeting will be held tonight at Pahoa High School Cafeteria at 5:30 PM. Information will be shared about the status of the volcanic activity in Leilani Estates.

·         United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office. In addition, the downtown Hilo Post Office is closed until further notice due to structural damage from today’s earthquake.

·         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.  The Pahoa Community Center is available as a pet friendly shelter, and the Kea’au Community Center has been established as an alternative pet friendly evacuation center farther away for those sensitive to vog.  Call Civil Defense at 935-0031 for any emergency needs.

·         Residents evacuating should bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.

County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

3:00 PM

The Department of Transportation has closed Highway 130 between the Highway 132 intersection and south of Leilani Estates. Motorists should use Route 137 (Kalapana-Kapoho Road) and Route 132 as an alternative route.

Hawaiʻi County Police have closed the highway due to a high number of people on the side of the raod and the potential exposure to toxic sulfur dioxide.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has also closed the remaining portions of the park due to recent seismic activity.

University of Hawaiʻi - Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College (Manono campus) have both closed. Hawaiʻi CC's Pālamanui campus remains open at this time.

1:00 PM

The U.S. Geological Service has upgraded the last earthquake strength to 6.9 magnitude.

Earlier, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported a 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred around South Flank of Kilauea at 12:33 PM. There is no tsunami threat. Civil Defense does not have a depth of the earthquake yet.

Listeners in Kailua-Kona have reported feeling the earthquake.

Sources have confirmed two more fissures have opened up today. Fissure #5 opened up at 11:33 AM after the 5.3 magnitude earthquake occurred. It is located a Kaopili and Leilani Streets in Leilani Estates. Fissure #4 opened up at at Kahukai and Leilani Streets earlier this morning.

11:47 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports a 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:33 AM off the south flank of Kīlauea Volcano. There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi Island.

General Assignment reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi, who is on the Big Island, said she did not feel the earthquake, but heard that it was felt at the Hilo Airport.

Civil Defense told Kuʻuwehi a fourth fissure has not appeared, but a fissure was widened because of the earthquake.

10 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions for aircraft and drones surrounding Kilauea Volcano. Those violating these restrictions could be subject to a large fine if interfering with emergency operations. More information can be found here: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_0382.html

9:00 AM

Lava Flow map for May 4, 2018
Credit USGS

Civil Defense confirms two more fissures have opened up in Leilani Estates. The second opened up at around 1:30 AM and the third at around dawn. The third fissure is being considered the more dangerous one, because high amounts of toxic sulfur dioxide gas is being expelled.

Sources tell HPR News that the lava is ponding, not flowing. And a majority of residents in Leilani Estates have evacuated, but evacuation procedures are continuing today.

County officials have evacuated residents in Lanipuna due to fingers of lava approaching the nearby Puna Geothermal Venture facility.

Residents began were arriving at the emergency shelters overnight. County officials say they will be providing three meals a day to those affected.

Civil Defense has confirmed a utility pole and a house have been destroyed by the lava. Officials are working to confirm reports of a second home being destroyed or damaged by lava.

County officials are emphasizing residents in Nanawale Estates and the coastal area of Kapoho to still be alert and stay informed. 

6:30 AM

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

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 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.

Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

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5/3/2018 8:30 PM

Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation. This proclamation authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for quick and efficient relief caused by the volcanic eruption. The governor’s emergency proclamation follows Hawai‘i County’s emergency proclamation filed earlier this afternoon.

Reports of lava flowing onto streets in the subdivision, which consists of about 770 structures, has prompted the mandatory evacuation of about 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates. Residents are being sheltered at Pāhoa Community Center and Kea‘au Community Center.

“I am in contact with Mayor Harry Kim and Hawai‘i County, and the state is actively supporting the county’s emergency response efforts. I have also activated the Hawai‘i National Guard to support county emergency response teams with evacuations and security,” said Gov. Ige.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.
  • The Pahoa Regional Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale St.) near the new Pahoa Regional park is open for shelter.
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.) is open for additional shelter needs.
  • Residents evacuating should ensure to bring your emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
  • The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at this time.
  • Avoid travel to the evacuation area for everyone's safety.

Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

6:50 PM

Acting Mayor Wil Okabe has issued an emergency proclamation. You can read it here: http://hawaiicountymayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Emergency-Lava-proclamation-May-3-2018.pdf

5:30 PM

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate.
  • The Pahoa Regional Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale St.) near the new Pahoa Regional park is open for shelter.
  • Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St.) is open for additional shelter needs.
  • Residents evacuating should ensure to bring your emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
  • The intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road is now closed to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture is executing their emergency plan and starting to shut down operations at this time.
  • Avoid travel to the evacuation area for everyone's safety.

Hawaii County Civil Defense, Police, Fire and partners continue to assist evacuation efforts and monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

4:00 PM

Due to persistently unstable volcanic activity and the possibility of a new eruption, park officials with Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park have temporarily closed the Nāulu Trail, parts of Nāpua Trail and adjacent wilderness in Kīlauea Volcano's East Rift Zone for public safety.

Approximately 31,660 acres of the 333,308-acre park are closed.

2:00 PM

An update from Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory geologist Janet Babb.

10:50 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported a 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10:31 AM off the south flank of Kīlauea Volcano. It was not large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaiʻi . No tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi Island.

8:06 AM

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports low magnitude earthquake activity continues along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna, but with a slight drop in intensity since yesterday. Areas affected still include Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates, to the coastal area of Kapoho.

Due to this activity, the observatory indicates an eruption is still possible, but not imminent. 

Due to seismic activity in the area, the following impacts have occurred:

  • Pohoiki Road is closed between Highway 132 and Leilani Avenue due to cracks.
  • Cracks within Leilani Estates have been reported as well.

Hawaiʻi County officials want to remind residents in the event of a possible eruption:

  • Area motorists are advised to be on the alert for roadway damage.
  • Prepare and review your emergency plans in case you need to evacuate.
  • While seismic activity has slightly lessed in intensity, stay alert and informed by listening to local radio stations for Civil Defense updates.

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest alerts here.

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UPDATE 5/2/2018 4:00 PM

Hawaiʻi County's Civil Defense is advising residents in Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates, and near the coastal area of Kapoho to be prepared to evacuate because of a possible eruption.

Earlier today, Civil Defense officials announced a magma dike, or pathway of rising magma, is making its way down to the Lower Puna area past Highway 130.

At 12 PM, Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reported continuous low magnitude earthquake activity along the East Rift Zone, and say an eruption is possible. Because it is impossible to predict where an eruption could occur, those areas will be affected if an eruption were to occur. 

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has closed more than 15,000 acres near Kīlauea Volcano’s Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent to the ocean today, including the gravel emergency access road from the eastern gate near Kalapana, to the western gate at the end of Chain of Craters Road, and all land on the makai (ocean) side of the emergency road.

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For more than a month, officials at the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring the inflation of Puʻu ‘Ō‘ō crater – located in Kilauea’s East Rift Zone.

Earlier this week, the crater’s floor collapsed.

Geologists at the Observatory say Puʻu ‘Ō‘ō’s inflation is caused by a pressure build-up of magma underneath the surface, and the floor’s collapse is a result of the lava moving elsewhere.

But as of yet, no new magma flow has reached the surface – meaning its movement has been underground causing earthquakes in the area.

USGS officials have been tracking the lava’s movement using instruments measuring ground levels and seismic activity.

Janet Babb is a Geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Hawaiʻi County’s Department of Parks and Recreation have shut down the lava viewing area in Kalapana due to the proximity to the volcanic activity – and the possibility of an eruption.

Security have been dispatched to ensure no unauthorized persons enter the area.