East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 29 June 2018

Accessed on 30 June 2018, 0427 UTC, Post #17114.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the current eruption and lava flow advisory from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 29 at 5 in the afternoon.                    

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho.  The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots.  Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds will reduce and VOG levels may increase in affected areas.

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


  • Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed.
  • Two structures have been destroyed in Kapoho in the past 24 hours.
  • Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
  • Stay tuned to local radio stations for updates from Civil Defense.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • You can register for disaster assistance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362, or online at disasterassistance.gov
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.  If you need a ride, buses operate between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the county website.


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