East Hawaii Rift Zone Update, 12 August 2018

Accessed on 13 August 2018, 0146 UTC, Post #17415.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Here is the current eruption and lava flow situation from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

“This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Sunday, August 12.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone. Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes. A small lava pond remains in the Fissure 8 cone. Observations yesterday show the pond to be mostly crusted over with a small area glowing. Fissure 8 along with other fissures continue to release gas. Lava was reported oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

Although a lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time.  Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Lava eruption could resume at any time.
  • Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile markers are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.
  • The plates on Highway 130 are stable.  Motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area.

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pahoa Community Center is closed today but will be open tomorrow.

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