East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 15 August 2018

Accessed on 16 August 2018, 0330 UTC, Post #17434.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the current eruption, lava flow, and Highway 11 update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency:

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Wednesday, August 15.

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 continues to be low with few earthquakes. The lava pond in fissure 8 cone is mostly crusted over. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continues to release gas. Lava continues to be reported oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

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:

  • Due to light trade winds some areas may experience elevated levels of sulphur dioxide gas. Reduce your exposure by staying inside with doors and windows shut or by leaving the area.
  • Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Unstable surfaces can collapse under weight resulting in injury.
  • 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 open Monday through Saturday at 8 AM.

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