East Rift Zone Eruption update, Saturday, 12 May 2018

Accessed on 13 May 2018, 0159 UTC, Post #16796.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 12:45 PM.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports fissure 16 is venting lava spatter about a mile below the geothermal plant property and a mile west (or Kalapana side) of highway 132. Highway 132 remains open. No residences are affected at this time, and no lava flow has been generated. For up to date information, go to the 2018 Lava Eruption Map link at hawaiicounty.gov.

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

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

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:


  • Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.  There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.
  • If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.


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

For the current eruption and lava flow maps, please visit http://www.hawaiicounty.gov and look for 2018 Eruption Map link.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

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