East Rift Zone Eruption Update, Friday afternoon, 18 May 2018

Accessed on 18 May 2018, 0117 UTC, Post #16838.



Here’s the latest Kilauea eruption and lava flow report from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

East Rift Zone Eruption – Update 3, 5/18/18 12PM – Increasing Sulfur Dioxide

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported several fissures producing lava spatter and flow located in the Leilani and Lanipuna area.  Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.  Forty (40) structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning

Due to increasing Sulfur Dioxide, eruptive and fissure development the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates evacuees must be alert to decreased availability of access.  Do not compromise your safety.  Remember closures can occur at any time without notice.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to high levels of dangerous volcanic gases and active lava fissures.
  • Do be on the alert for elevated levels of Sulfur Dioxide as conditions show other areas on the island being affected.

For your information:

  • HELCO advises Leilani Estates residents to be aware of downed power lines.  Always assume the lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

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

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.