East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 26 July 2018

Accessed on 27 July 2018, 0406 UTC, Post #17297.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense message for Thursday, July 26 at 4:00 in the afternoon.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kilauea’s summit, and fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel, sending flows to the ocean at Ahalanui and creating a large laze plume. HVO field crews report fluctuations in the channel level with small overflows occurring in the upper portion of the channel this afternoon. The western margin of the flow near Pohoiki has not advanced significantly westward so the flow remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park.

State Highways requests motorists on Highway 11 between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement and be alert for changing roadway conditions.

The following guidelines 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 Kea`au High School Gym, is moving to a new location beginning Monday, July 30 at 8am. The new location will be at the Pahoa Community Center, 15-3022 Kauhale Street. Hours of operation are 8am-6pmon weekdays, 8am-4pm on Saturdays. The DRC will maintain regular hours.
  • 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