East Rift Zone Eruption Update

Accessed on 01 June 2018, 2040 UTC, Post #16930.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


A fast moving lava flow from fissure number 8 will probably reach the “4 corners” intersection in Lower Puna by late this afternoon.  People living in this area should evacuate now before their escape route is cut off.

Here’s the current assessment from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 1 at 9:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue on the east rift of Kilauea. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large, fast-moving flow. The flow front is half-a-mile above the Four Corners area, and moving quickly. At the present rate, it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within 7 to 10 hours.

Due to the rapid lava flow, the following policies are in effect for the Four Corners area:

  • Residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are advised to evacuate now.
  • Traffic is flowing both ways to allow evacuation.
  • Residents should complete evacuation by 2:00 this afternoon, or risk the possibility of being isolated.
  • Shelters at the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open. The shelters are pet friendly.

Due to the ongoing Kilauea volcanic hazard, Civil Defense will not be participating in the monthly siren test. No sirens will sound on Hawaii Island today.

For your safety, 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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