East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 06 June 2018

Accessed on 07 June 2018, 0557 UTC, Post #16967.


Email from the HawaII County Civil Defense Agency.


Lots of rumbling today at the Kilauea summit…plus a moderate 4.1 magnitude earthquake, which did not generate a tsunami.  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 Wednesday, June 6 at 7 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an eruption at 4:10 this evening at the Kilauea Summit resulting in a 10,000 foot high ash plume.  The National Weather Service is reporting slow, easterly winds over the next two days. Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may affect air quality across the central and southern half of the island.

Due to the changing wind conditions, the following is provided for your awareness:

  • Take action to limit further exposure.
  • Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held at 7 p.m.tomorrow, Thursday June 7th, in Volcano at the Cooper Center.
  • You can monitor volcanic gas levels on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. The Fissure 8 flow has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending .7 miles from shore.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • 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.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. If you need shelter, the covered court at Pahoa Community Center is 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