East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 14 July 2018

Accessed on 15 July 2018, 0114 UTC, Post #17214.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Here’s the latest eruption and lava flow information from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho.  The majority of the flow is now heading South at Kapoho Cone toward Ahalanui.  The National Weather Service is forecasting increased rainfall with a chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.
  • The ocean entry continues to produce a “laze” plume. Take precautions and stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate skin, eyes and lungs.

On the weather:

  • When lightning is in the area the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Be prepared for interruptions to utilities.


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

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 4pm weekends, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.

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