East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 31 July 2018

Accessed on 31 July 2018, 1847 UTC, Post #17327.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

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

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense message for Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 in the morning.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at Kilauea Summit this morning at 12:30. No damage was reported.  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 crews report no lava overflows nor spillovers occurring locally along the channel.  Yesterday’s flyover reports the margin of the flow remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp at Isaac Hale Park.


State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11.  Motorists, especially motorcycle and bicycle traffic, on Hwy 11 between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in roadway conditions, and drive with extreme caution.

Please note that today between 12 noon and 1:30 PM, Hawaii Police Department will close Hwy 11 between Kukui Camp Rd and North Kulani Rd in Mountain View for investigative purposes.  Traffic will not be allowed in the area during this time.

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 of channel spillovers 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 operation hours at the Pahoa Community Center 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