East Rift Zone Eruption Update, 16 August 2018

Accessed on 17 August 2018, 0611 UTC, Post #17439.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here is the latest eruption, lava flow, and highway update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

“This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Thursday, August 16.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that activity on the lower east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano has diminished and remained quiet for over a week. The only surface activity is a small, crusted lava pond inside the fissure 8 cone, and a few areas along the coast where lava is entering the ocean. Sulfur dioxide emission rates are also drastically reduced. While eruptive activity is minimal at this time, hazards remain.

It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days, weeks, or even months later. Re-activation could occur at any time, with little to no warning. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will continue to release daily status updates, found here: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/status.html.

At this time, the following access policies and restrictions are in effect:

  • The entire flow field, including all fissures and lava features, is extremely dangerous and remains off limits.
  • Highway 137 roadblock near MacKenzie State Park and Highway 132 roadblock between Nanawale and Lava Tree State Park remains closed to the public.
  • Properties not destroyed, but isolated by lava on E. Pohoiki Road, Malama Ki Place, Halekamahina Road, and E. Pahoa-Kapoho Road are accessible to residents with Civil Defense authorization only.
  • Leilani Estates access is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required to enter Leilani Estates. Property on, and east of Pomaikai Street is in the mandatory evacuation area. For access to this area, residents must make an appointment with Civil Defense for an escort.
  • Access to Papaya Farms Road, Noni Farms Road, Railroad Avenue, the Mail Box area, and Cinder Road is limited to residents. A Civil Defense Access Placard is required for these areas.
  • Placards are available Monday through Friday at the Civil Defense office in Hilo, located at 920 Ululani Street from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Civil Defense continues to monitor the situation. However, this will be our final daily Kilauea Eruption Update unless activity significantly changes.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts