East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 20 July 2018

Accessed on 21 July 2018, 0507 UTC, Post #17258.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense message for Friday, July 20 at 4:00 in the afternoon.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruption activity continues from Fissure 8 into the lava channel, sending flows to the ocean entry at Ahalanui and producing a large laze plume. The southern flow margin remains unchanged and has not advanced toward Isaac Hale/Pohoiki boat ramp since yesterday.

Due to the ongoing earthquake activity and road damage in the Volcano area, State Highways reports a speed limit reduction to 25 miles per hour on Highway 11 between MM 28 and 30. Motorists are advised to stay on the pavement and be alert for cracks in the road.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Check all utility connections of water, gas, and electricity for potential damage from earthquake activity.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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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Until next time,

Russ Roberts