East Rift Zone Eruption update, Saturday evening, 12 May 2018

Accessed on 13 May 2018, 0515 UTC, Post #16797.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Another lava fissure has opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision.  Here’s the latest eruption and lava flow update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

COUNTY OF HAWAII email@blackboard.com via yahoo.com 

7:10 PM (3 minutes ago)

to kh6jrm

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

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


Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:


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


The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.


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


Thank you.  Have a safe night.  This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

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Until next time,

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