East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 19 July 2018

Accessed on 19 July 2018, 1852 UTC, Post #17247.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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 Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 in the morning.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruption activity continues from Fissure 8 into the perched channel and supplying lava flows to the ocean at Ahalanui. Lava is entering the ocean and producing a large laze plume.  Kilauea summit earthquakes continue to affect the Volcano and surrounding community.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • When driving be alert for cracks and damage to roadways from earthquakes.
  • Check all utility connections of water, gas and electricity.

On the active fissure 8 eruption:

  • 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/

There will be a community meeting for the Kau District at the Pahala Community Center at 6 this evening to discuss the ongoing event at Kilauea.

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