East Rift Zone Eruption Update, Thursday afternoon, 31 May 2018

Accessed on 31 May 2018, 2216 UTC, Post #16924.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Lava continues to impact the Lower Puna District with most areas of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision cut off by fast-advancing lava flows.  Evacuation orders are now in effect for several residential areas.

Here’s the current eruption and lava flow assessment from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

COUNTY OF HAWAII email@blackboard.com via yahoo.com 

11:57 AM (17 minutes ago)

to kh6jrm

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 31 at 12 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue from the lower east rift zone fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

Due to the active volcanic eruptions, Mayor Kim has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Leilani Estates. The following policies are in effect:

  • Starting at 12:06 p.m. today, the mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all civilians in Leilani Estates, including and East of Pomaikai Street.
  • Everyone will have 24 hours from the effective date and time to evacuate the mandatory evacuation area.
  • Persons remaining in the mandatory evacuation area beyond the effective date and time of this Order do so at their own risk with the knowledge that emergency responders may not respond.
  • Persons in violation of this order are subject to arrest and will be liable for any costs associated with rescue operations in the mandatory evacuation area.

Refusing to evacuate may put you, your family and first responders in danger. Heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and stay alert.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

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