East RiftZone Eruption update, Tuesday afternoon, 15 May 2018

Accessed on 16 May 2018, 0416 UTC, Post #16879.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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 2:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced that Highway 130 is now open beyond Malama Street for local residents only.  The Hawaii Police Department is requesting no large trailers or heavy equipment be taken over the metal plates.

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.

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.

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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