East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 17 June 2018

Accessed on 18 June 2018, 0354 UTC, Post #17040.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 17 at 4:30 pm.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to be very active with a fast moving channel flowing into the ocean at Kapoho Bay. It is producing a large laze plume. An ash eruption this morning at the Kilauea Summit potentially sent ash blowing toward the southwest which affects people in the Volcano and Kau areas.

The following advice is provided for your information:

  • Continue to be on the alert for air quality conditions around you
  • If you are at home, stay inside with your windows closed. If you are outside seek shelter.
  • After the ash fall has ended, check your home and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect water quality.

On the Leilani Eruption:

  • 5,914 acres or nine and a quarter square miles of land has now been impacted.
  • 533 homes have been destroyed.

Numerous resources are available to residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the                 Kilauea volcanic eruption and recent earthquakes:

  • A Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8am to 9pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • This MondayTuesday and Wednesday, free medical, dental and eye care will be available at “Tropic Care 2018” at Kea’au High School.  Additional screening days are scheduled during the coming weeks.

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