East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 31 July 2018

Accessed on 01 August 2018, 0320 UTC, Post # 17331.


Email from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense message for Tuesday, July 31 at 4:00 in the afternoon.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kilauea 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. No overflows were reported this morning.The margin of the flow at the ocean entry has not advanced and remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp.

State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11 after the 8:00 am collapse event at Halemaumau crater. Between mile marker 28 and 32, motorists are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.

**Reminder: There will not be a test of the Outdoor Warning Siren System for the month of August. Testing will resume Tuesday, September 4, 2018.**

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 has moved and is now at the Pahoa Community Center, located at 15-3022 Kauhale St., Pahoa. Hours of operation are 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 Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.”

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