East Rift Zone Eruption Update, Wednesday evening, 23 May 2018

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Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 23 at noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports eruption activity continues in the Lower East Rift Zone. The middle portion of the fissure system continues to be the most active. Lava eruption and ground cracking continues in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Frequent ash emissions continue at the Kilauea summit, resulting in plumes up to 8,000 feet high. Take action to avoid exposure to ash.

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection:

  • Distribution will be this Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
  • Masks will be distributed at Ocean View Community Center, Naalehu Community Center, Pahala Community Center, Cooper Center, and Shipman Gym in Keaau.
  • Each person may receive up to three masks.
  • Masks do not protect against gasses and vapors. They will only provide filtering for ash.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts