UPDATE: Lava Remains Active in Leilani, New Cracks Form

Updated at 10 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruption activity in Leilani Estates continues.

Until about 4 p.m. on Sunday fissure 8 erupted lava fountains, the ‘a‘ā flow advanced slowly northward through the afternoon, even after the lava fountains shut down.

Geologists reported this early Sunday evening that the flow crossed Ho‘okopu Road, a distance from fissure 8 of about about 1.1 km (0.6 miles). They also reported new ground cracks in the vicinity of fissures 8 and 9 that were emitting thick steam and gases, but no lava spattering was observed by 9 p.m.

Rates of seismicity and deformation decreased in the past day. The absence of additional deformation in the past day suggests a pause in magma acculumation in the distal part of the intrusion, according to HVO.

Tiltmeters at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano continue to record the deflationary trend of the past several days. Corresponding to this deflationary trend, the summit lava lake level in Overlook crater dropped about 2 m (6.5 ft) per hour during the day. The lake level has dropped an estimated 220 m (722 ft) since the collapse of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater on April 30. Rockfalls from the steep crater walls into the retreating lake continue to produce ashy plumes above Halema‘uma‘u crater. Rockfalls and ashy plumes are expected to continue as the lake level drops.

Updated at 6:20 p.m.

The County of Hawai`i says that the number of homes lost in the Leilani eruption has risen to 26.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says that active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues in Leilani Estates Subdivision. Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 10 fissures have emerged.

Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to continue evacuation to check on their property from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until further notice.

Authorities on scene will determine what areas will be safe for residents to enter. As a result of unstable conditions that involve toxic gas, earthquakes and lava activities, lines of safety can change at any time and residents must be prepared to leave the area at any time.

In addition, Hawai`i Electric Light Company is working to try to keep power online as best as possible.  Hawai`i Electric Light  is strongly requiring all residents and responders to treat all downed lines as live and under no circumstances should anyone approach or touch downed lines.

The Department of Water Supply are working to establish a temporary bypass waterline to restore water service to the makai lower Puna areas of Pohoiki, Vacationland, and Kapoho.  A water truck is located near the Vacationland mailboxes for public use.

No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

The Hawaii County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office have established a policy of zero tolerance towards looting or vandalism.  Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism will be treated as a felony.


Updated at 1 p.m.

Active eruption of lava and gas continues along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision.

Since late Saturday evening fissure eruptions have been continuous, and a lava flow has advanced northward about 0.9 km (0.6 miles), according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory officials.

Based on aerial survey by the Hawai`i County Fire Department, county officials are  reporting that a total of 21 homes have been destroyed by the eruption.

Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and the lava lake level continues to drop. There is no active lava in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō area.

Aftershocks from Friday’s magnitude-6.9 earthquake continue and more should be expected, with larger aftershocks potentially producing rockfalls and associated ash clouds above Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Halemaʻumaʻu crater. Seismicity at Kīlauea’s summit remains elevated.

Photo: Fissure 7 on Saturday morning. USGS photo.

Original story published at 8:54 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed two more fissures that emerged between Leilani and Malama Street near Luana and Kupono Street on Saturday night, bringing the total number of fissures to nine at this time.

Active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues between Mohala and Pomaika’i Street, according to Hawai`i County Civil Defense.

In addition, officials say that at least nine homes have been destroyed by the eruption.

The county says that conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents with property between Highway 130 and Maile Street will be allowed to enter the subdivision to complete evacuation of pets, medicine, and vital documents left behind between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Residents should retrieve their items expeditiously so others may go in after them.

Residents should be aware of the very unstable conditions of air quality and of the roads. and will be required to leave the area if conditions become hazardous.

In addition, the county says residents will be required to provide identification and proof of residency in Leilani Subdivision.  Primary Police checkpoint is established at Highway 130 and 132. A secondary checkpoint is at Highway 130 and Leilani Street.

Leilani residents entering must be on the alert for elevated levels of Sulfur Dioxide, wildfire, and volcanic eruption. People with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable.

No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

County of Hawaii Civil Defense map of eruptive fissure locations, road closures and affected subdivisions.