UPDATE: New Fissure Sends Lava 230 Feet in the Air

Updated at 10:45 p.m.

The intermittent eruption of lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials.

HVO says that fissure 7 stopped erupting mid-afternoon on Saturday.

At about 8:44 p.m. on Saturday evening a new fissure erupted near fissures 2 and 7, and lava fountains reached as high as about 70 m (230 feet).

Early this morning, new ground cracks were reported on Highway 130, but no heat or escaping steam was subsequently observed, officials say.

Seismicity and deformation are consistent with continued accumulation of magma within the rift zone.

HVO reports that in the past two days, about 152 magnitude-2 and magnitude-3 earthquakes occurred at depths less than 5 km (3 miles) beneath the summit area. Twenty two magnitude 3 earthquakes were recorded. These earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and beneath the south flank of the volcano.

A new fissure erupted this evening near fissures 2 and 7, beginning with small lava spattering at about 8:44 p.m. HST. By 9:00 p.m., lava fountains as high as about 70 m (230 ft) were erupting from the fissure. USGS photo.

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms no new outbreaks have emerged and the earlier identified fissures continue to emit hazardous fumes in Leilani Subdivision.

A total of five homes have been destroyed by the active flows, according to county officials.

*Featured photo: Eruptive fissures and areas covered by lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision, Island of Hawai‘i, are denoted on this satellite image acquired on March 17, 2018 (copyrighted image provided by Digital Globe).

Updated at 12:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and field units confirm that the volcanic eruption activities continue in Leilani Subdivision.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense says that as of 12 p.m. eruptive activity is increasing and is expected to continue.

In addition, Hawai`i Electric Light is reporting that power has been interrupted to the Leilani Estates Subdivision due to lava affecting power lines.

Utility crews are standing by and monitoring the situation.

Updated at 11 a.m.

Two new vents have opened near Makamae and Leilani and on Kahukai Street, according to Hawai`i County officials.

Additional active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili, Mohala, Kahukai Streets and Pohoiki Road.

There are now eight open vents in the lower Puna area.

There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time.

Water spigots have been installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park, which was closed on Friday, and a water tanker has been placed in Vacationland for the public to access.

The Hawai’i Police Department reports Leilani Estates remains inaccessible to the public.

Checkpoints have been set up in the surrounding perimeter at: 130/132, 132/Ka Ulu Laau Rd., 132/137, 137/Pohoiki, 130/Kamaili, 130/12mm, 130/14mm, 132/Pohoiki. Residents should consult with the police officers on duty for road accessibility, as conditions are subject to change.

United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office. In addition, the downtown Hilo Post Office is closed until further notice due to structural damage earthquake.

In addition, the Department of Water Supply has broadened an Emergency Water Restriction which is now in effect for Leilani Estates, Kapoho Beach Lots, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates, Green Lake Farm Lots, Vacationland and all customers on Pohoiki and Kalapana Kapoho Beach Roads. All Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

Original post published at 7 a.m.

Volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision.

Active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets. In addition, as of 7 a.m., Hawai`i County reports that a new vent has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road.

There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time and PGV is secured, according to officials

The Department of Water Supply has issued an Emergency Water Restriction for Leilani Estates, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. All Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.

Hawai`i County Fire Department continues to report extremely dangerous conditions due to high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with compromised respiratory systems are especially vulnerable.

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. Residents should not attempt to return to their homes at this time.

The Pahoa Community Center and the Kea’au Community Center continue to be open for shelter. Residents evacuating should bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.

USGS mapping image.