East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 04 July 2018

Accessed on 04 July 2018, 1953 UTC, Post #17147.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the current eruption and lava flow update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.  The message also contains a status report for Highways 130 and 137.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII


This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, July 4 at 6:00 in the morning.

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. Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow.  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 push vog to the south and west side of the island.

Highway 130 is open to all traffic.

  • Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive with caution over steel plates in the roadway
  • Kamaili Road is open to residents including Opihikao only
  • Highway 137 is open from Highway 130 north to Opihikao road
  • McKenzie State Recreation Area and the new lava flow areas remain closed
  • Residents and visitors are reminded, there are no lava viewing areas on Highways 130 and 137
  • Vacation Rentals as well as all businesses in the Kalapana area can resume normal operations

The Disaster Recovery Center in Keaau is open from 8am-8pm.

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