East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 28 July 2018

Accessed on 29 July 2018, 0553 UTC, Post #17310.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the current eruption. lava flow, and highway conditions from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

MEDIA UPDATE                                                                 Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018

                                                                  Time: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Update: 2


Incident: East Rift Zone Eruption


This is a Civil Defense message for Saturday, July 28 at 4:00 in the afternoon.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports earthquakes continue at Kilauea Summit and Fissure 8 continues to erupt into the channel sending lava flows into the ocean at Ahalanui; creating a large laze plume. HVO field crew report fluctuations in the channel level with spillovers occurring in the throughout the channel.  Hawaii Fire Department is monitoring brush fires on the south side of the flow in the area of Noni Farms Road.  As of yesterday’s overflight, the eastern margin of the flow near Pohoiki has not advanced southward and remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp at Isaac Hale Park.


State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11, but request motorists between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement and be alert for changes in 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, is moving to the Pahoa Community Center beginning Monday, July 30. Hours of operations is 8 AM to 6 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.

-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 Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts