East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 17 June 2018

Accessed on 17 June 2018, 2356 UTC, Post #17039.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the latest eruption and lava flow update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.  The report contains an ash plume advisory and more information about the newly-opened Disaster Recovery Center at the Keaau High School Gym.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 17 at 6 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at the Kilauea Summit occurred at apx. 6:26 a.m. An ash plume was generated. The wind is blowing in the southwest direction and ash may affect the areas of Volcano and Kau.

The following advice is provided for your information.

  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed. If you are outside seek cover.
  • If you are in the car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home and expecially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption activity continues at Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone.  Lava is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

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.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project, linked on our Civil Defense Agency website. (http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/)

The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for West facing shores of the Big Island.  Beach goers should pay close attention to the surf today and stay out of the water if not experienced.

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 to www.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