New lava outbreak near Leilani Estates

Accessed on 05 May 2018, 0201 UTC, Post #16747.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the latest eruption and lava flow report from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:


12:37 PM (3 hours ago)

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A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense update for Friday May 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM.

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. A new vent has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai 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 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:

  • Hawaii 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.
  • All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been ordered 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.


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


Thank you for listening.  This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.


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