East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 16 July 2018

Accessed on 17 July 2018, 0447 UTC, Post #17229.


Email message 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 Monday, July 16 at 4:00 in the afternoon.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho. The southern edge of the flow has stalled about 0.6 miles from Isaac Hale Park, and lava continues to ooze into the ocean near Ahalanui. Explosions were reported from the ocean entry this morning, with at least one being quite strong. No other fissures are active.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field.
  • 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 the skin, eyes, and lungs.

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, located at the Keaau High School Gym, is open daily from 8am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 4pm on weekends (closed this Sunday, July 22). If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • Placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street in Hilo.

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

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