Toxic gas endangers lower Puna, Monday evening, 14 May 2018

Accessed on 15 May 2018, 0442 UTC, Post #16811.


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At 5:40 Monday afternoon (14 May 2018), the Hawaii County Fire Department confirmed the presence of toxic sulfur dioxide gas from fissures near the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.  The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has issued a condition RED for those living on Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna Gardens.

Here are the latest eruption and lava conditions from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

“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.

UPDATED 12:45 p.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reports high levels of sulfur dioxide and toxic volcanic fumes in Lower Puna,

Civil Defense spokesperson Janet Snyder said toxic volcanic gases have been particularly high in areas downwind of the active volcanic vents near Lanipuna Gardens. In particular, she said, the areas of Opihikao and the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision are especially affected.

Meanwhile, Snyder said, areas such as Pahala and Ocean View are also contending with volcanic ash blown from Kilauea summit as well as volcanic fumes.

While some specialized masks can protect from dangerous gases and particulates, the best way to protect oneself from the fumes is to leave the affected area.

In cases of high vog, residents are advised to avoid outdoor activities that cause heavy breathing, avoid smoking or secondhand smoke, remain indoors whenever possible with windows closed, set any air conditioners to recirculate air and drink plenty of fluids.”

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