East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 18 July 2018

Accessed on 19 July 2018, 0408 UTC, Post #17243.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


The  Kilauea eruption continues unabated with fissure 8 continuing to pump out large volumes of lava.

Here’s the current 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 Wednesday, July 18 at 4:00 in the afternoon.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruption activity continues from Fissure 8 into the perched channel, supplying lava flows to the ocean at Ahalanui. Lava is entering the ocean and producing a large laze plume. The southern margin of the flow is 0.4 miles from Isaac Hale/Pohoiki boat ramp. Channel overflows this morning sent lava flows into Leilani Estates and destroyed additional structures in the closed area along Nohea Street.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that channel overflows 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.
  • The latest air quality measurements from the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project can be found here: http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/

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 Saturdays. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov for a list of information to bring to the DRC, or to register online.
  • Access 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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