East Rift Zone Update, 04 June 2018

Accessed on 04 June 2018, 1657 UTC, Post #16948.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Lava flows have reached the ocean near the Kapoho Beach Lots subdivision, further isolating residents who’ve chosen to remain near their homes.  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 Monday, June 4 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to feed a large channelized flow traveling along Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Road.

Lava entered the ocean in Kapoho Bay last night.

Due to lava crossing Highway 137, the following policies are in effect:

  • There is no access to the lower Puna area, Highway 132, and Highway 137 due to lava inundation.
  • Please contact Civil Defense if you confirm that someone you know is remaining in the isolated area.  Call 935-0031.

On roadways:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.

Volcanic gas emissions remain high at the Kilauea summit and in the fissure system. Residents in communities downwind should take action to limit exposure to gas and ash. On the coast, be aware of hydrochloric acid and glass particulates from the laze at the ocean entry.

Stay alert to warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

Shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Armory are open and pet friendly.

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