East Rift Zone Eruption, evening update #2, Thursday, 17 May 2018

Accessed on 18 May 2018, 0424 UTC, Post #16834.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has added some more information to its earlier media release about the eruption and lava flows:

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 17 at 6 o’clock in the evening.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 21 down rift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates.  Several fissures have reactivated. HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
  • Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary.

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection until 7 o’clock tonight.

Please be advised:

  • Masks may be picked up at Cooper Center in Volcano, Pahala Community Center and Naalehu Community Center. Shipman Park Pavilion in Keeau does not have any more masks.
  • Distribution will continue on Friday from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

A third shelter has opened. Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Keeau, is now open.

  • People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pahoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
  • The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
  • All shelters are pet friendly.

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

Thank you for listening.  We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

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