East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 16 June 2018

Accessed on 16 June 2018, 1946 UTC, Pos #17033.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


The Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Keaau High School gym for those who wish to file a disaster claim from the ongoing eruption and lava flow emergency.

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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 16 at 9 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone remains very active and continues to flow into the ocean at Kapoho.  Fissure 16 is oozing lava and is being monitored closely. The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Lava now covers 5,914 acres or an area of nine and one quarter (9.24) square miles.  There have been 467 homes destroyed.

Due to the hazardous air quality conditions, the following guidance is given.

  • Do continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you. Limit outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The following is provided for your information:

  • The Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • Shuttle buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • The shuttles run every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory, and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center shelter. The full bus schedule can be found on our Civil Defense Website at HawaiiCounty.gov/Active-Alerts.
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online, go towww.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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