UPDATE: Tuesday’s Two New Vents Have Paused

Updated at 7 p.m. 

Hawai`i County Civil Defense officials say that the two vents that opened earlier in the day Tuesday have both paused but are continuing to release hazardous gases.

Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 14 fissures have emerged.  The lava has covered 104 acres and 36 structures have been destroyed.


Preliminary map showing location of fissures 13 and 14, prepared by geologists on site in Leilani Estates at 4:06 p.m. on Tuesday Both fissures were briefly active this afternoon. Geologists reported fissure 13 activity had diminished by about 5 p.m. USGS image.

Featured photo: At 2:47 p.m.., new fissure (13) erupted across Leilani Street. View is toward the southwest on Leilani Street near the intersection with Pohoiki Road. Fissure 13 is located between fissures 1 and 6. USGS photo.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense is reporting that two new vents have opened and all Lanipuna residents “must evacuate now.”

Residents should evacuate towards the ocean Isaac Hale Beach Park.

The county reports that vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and Vent number 14 is near Kaupili St. and Leilani Avenue. Both are actively erupting and hazardous fumes continue to be released.

Updated at 10 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to note that volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures in Leilani Estates.

Hazardous fumes continue to be released in the area.

Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 12 fissures have emerged. No new fissures have emerged since Monday.

County officials say the lava has covered 104 acres and 35 structures have been destroyed.

Due to the eruption, the following are issued:

An official dedicated website to answer questions, volunteer, make donations, lost/found pets and links to other important resources/information has been created here.

In addition, the Department of Health DOH is working on updating SOdata reporting online on the Hawai`i Interagency Vog Information Dashboard.

The county say it is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.

Temporary Flight Restriction are in effect.  All aviation request are administered by the Fire Department.

Updated at 7:15 a.m.

As of the 7 a.m. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory update, the eruption along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone within the Leilani Estates subdivision has continued to paused.

Strong emission of gas continues from the fissure system that is now about 2.5 miles long.

HVO officials say this pause is likely temporary and resumption of lava emission or additional fissure outbreaks are possible at any time.

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. A

ftershocks from Friday’s magnitude-6.9 earthquake continue and more are expected. Rockfalls into the Overlook vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater are producing intermittent ash emissions. Seismicity at Kīlauea’s summit remains elevated.

Original story published at 6:28 a.m.

The East Rift Zone eruption in Leilani Subdivision continues, however, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has confirmed that as of 6 a.m. volcanic activity has paused at all 12 fissures.

Hazardous fumes continue to be released in the area.

A total of 12 fissures have emerged, and 35 structures have been destroyed. These number have not changed since Monday.

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.

Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.

Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street

Civil Defense has established a community information center at Sacred Hearts Church in Pahoa, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry placards for residents who wish to retrieve personal items from Leilani Subdivision will be available at the community information center.

In addition, Hawai`i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live.  Under no circumstances should any downed lines be approached or touched.

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

United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the  Pahoa Post Office

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.

Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured.  Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.


Featured photo: At 12:20 p.m. on Monday fissure 12 opened shortly after fissure 11 became inactive. Fissure 12 opened in the forest south of Malama Street in Leilani Estates. USGS photo.