East Rift Zone Eruption update, Tuesday afternoon, 15 May 2018


Accessed on 16 May 2018, 0025 UTC, Post #16878.

Source:

Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Comment:

Here’s the current 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 Tuesday, May 15 at 1 p.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a steady eruption of ash coming from Halemaumau Crater is causing ash to fall downwind across portions of Kau District.  Ash is being reported along Highway 11 to Pahala.

  • Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant.
  • Those with breathing issues should take extra precaution to minimize exposure.
  • Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
  • All roads in this area are open at this time.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) 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 yards per hour toward the ocean, about 1.2 miles from Highway 137.  There are no homes or roads threatened at this time. Be aware, no sightseeing is permitted in the area.

For up to date information go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map

For the latest images and information from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_chronology.html

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced that Highway 130 work continues from Malama Street to Kamaili Road. Expect opening later today for local traffic only.
  • Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School.  Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.
  • Hawaii Fire Department reports that 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 choking and inability to breathe. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.

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 for listening.  Have a safe day.  This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

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