UPDATE: New Vents Opened Along Kahukai and Pohoiki Road

Updated at 4:23 p.m.

New vents have opened in lower Puna, according to the latest information from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the County of Hawai`i.

The new vents have opened near Kahukai and Pohoiki Road.

Volcanic vents are also located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets.

There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time and PGV remains is secured.

HVO reports that several additional eruptive fissures or vents – each several hundred yards long – have opened over the past day. No significant lava flows have yet formed. Spatter and lava are accumulating primarily within a few tens of yards of the vent.

The sixth and most recent fissure is on the eastern edge of the subdivision. Not all fissure vents remain active and no far-traveled lava flows have formed.

Department of Water Supply reports an Emergency Water Restriction is now in effect for Leilani Estates, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. All Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

Extremely dangerous air quality conditions due to high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with compromised respiratory systems are especially vulnerable.

Officials say the high levels detected are an immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate.

The area continues to be unstable with multiple volcanic eruptions happening. No one is allowed into the area.

Officials are telling residents of the area to not attempt to return to your home at this time.

All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been placed on evacuation status.  The Pahoa Community Center continues to be available as a pet friendly shelter, and the Kea’au Community Center has been established as an alternative pet friendly evacuation center farther away for those sensitive to vog.

 Updated at 3 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision. Active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets. No new vents have opened since the fourth vent at the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road earlier Friday afternoon.

In addition, county officials say there is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time and PGV is secured.

A community meeting will be held tonight at Pahoa High School Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.. Information will be shared about the status of the volcanic activity in Leilani Estates.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

A new vent has opened in Leilani Estates.

The vent is the fourth active volcanic vent in the area and is located intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road.

County officials say the others are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets.

There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time and PGV is reportedly secured.

Original story published at 9:20 a.m.

An eruption continues along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone, as of 7:45 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that since late Thursday afternoon at least three small fissure vents have opened in Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower Puna district. At this time, activity consists mostly of vigorous lava spattering.

Officials say additional outbreaks in the area are likely.

The first outbreak of lava occurred Thursday afternoon following days of increased earthquake activity and ground deformation.

As of Friday morning, three separate fissures have opened in the eastern portion of Leilani Estates. Each outbreak has been preceded by ground cracking and strong gas emission. Activity consists primarily of vigorous spattering of lava and development of very short lava flows that have yet to travel more than a few tens of yards from the vent. Earthquake activity in the area remains elevated and ground deformation is continuing. High levels of volcanic gas are reported around the fissure vents.

Deflationary tilt at the summit continues. In concert, the summit lava lake is dropping. Tremor amplitude is fluctuating with lava lake spattering. Elevated summit sulfur dioxide emission rates persist. Gas emissions remain elevated.

Seismicity remains elevated at Puʻu ʻŌʻō but tiltmeters near the cone show no significant deformation overnight. During fieldwork at Puʻu ʻŌʻō yesterday, no lava activity was observed in the area. The 61g lava flow is no longer being fed. The summit crater of the cone continues to collapse intermittently producing small plumes of ash; yesterday there were several episodes of ash emission in response to collapse, including immediately after the nearby M5.0 earthquake.

USGS photo from May 3.

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