East Rift Zone Eruption Update, Thursday evening, 17 May 2018

Accessed on 18 May 2018, 0355 UTC, Post #16832.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Another fissure has opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision as volcanic activity continues to impact Lower Puna.  Here’s the latest eruption and lava flow situation from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 17 at 4:30 pm.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 21 downrift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates. Several fissures have reactivated, and 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 flows 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.

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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