UPDATE: Two New Fissures Emerge in Leilani

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Hawai`i Volcanoes Observatory says that Monday’s eruption activity in the Leilani Estates area of Puna was focused on the southwest portion of the area.

Volcanic activity has subsided at all 12 fissures, but hazardous fumes continues.

As reported by Hawai`i County Civil Defense on Monday afternoon, HVO confirms that two new fissure segments broke ground on Monday.

The first (fissure 11) opened in a forested southwest of Leilani Estates about 9:30 am and was active for only 3 hours. The second (fissure 12) opened about 12:20 p.m. between older fissures 10 and 11. By 3:15 pm, both new fissures were in active but the west end of fissure 10 was steaming heavily.

Cracks on Highway 130 widened from 7 cm to 8 cm over the course of the day and additional cracks were found just west of the highway on trend with the eruptive fissures.

Tiltmeters at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano continue to record the deflationary trend of the past several days and the lava lake level continues to drop. Rockfalls from the steep crater walls into the retreating lake continue to produce occasional ashy plumes above Halema‘uma‘u crater. These plumes are expected to continue.

Earthquake activity in the summit remains elevated but has decreased over the past few days. Many of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano.

Updated at 3 p.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that as of 2:45 p.m. two new fissures have emerged south of Malama Street emitting lava and gas.

The two new fissures bring the total number of fissures since the onset of the Leilani eruption to 12.

According to the county’s update no new structures had been destroyed since the 35 reported earlier in the day.

Original story published at 6:44 a.m.

The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues.

Hawaiian Volcano observatory says that the active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continue in Leilani Estates Subdivision continues and since the onset of this eruption, a total of 10 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed.

Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until further notice.  Residents should follow the instructions of the authorities on scene and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

According to Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory eruption of lava and gas continues at a low level along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision.

Overnight, active emission of lava and spatter at multiple fissures was minimal. Officials say this is likely only a pause in activity; additional outbreaks or a resumption of activity are anticipated as seismicity continues in the area.

Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and the lava lake level continues to drop.

HVO reports 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.

Hawai`i Electric Light Company is working to try to keep power online.  Treat all downed lines as live.  Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.

The Department of water Supply is working to establish a temporary bypass waterline to restore water service to the areas of Pohoiki, Vacationland, and Kapoho, we will keep you updated on this progress.

A water truck for public use is located near the Vacationland mailboxes.

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

The Hawai`i 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.