UPDATE: Fissure 15 Pauses After Afternoon Activity

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms that fissure 15 in Lanipuna Subdivision has paused.

Hazardous fumes continue to be released.

In total 15 fissures have emerged, 116.57 acres have been covered by lava and 36 structures have been destroyed in the lower Puna eruption.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.

The intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory officials say that visible activity on Wednesday early afternoon was again focused on the northeast portion of the fissure area.

Fissure 15 broke ground across Poihiki Road, generating a pahoehoe flow about 20 m (66 ft) long. During an overflight of the area about 3 p.m., geologists observed a new steaming area uprift (west) of Highway 130. During a second overflight at 4:30 p.m., the area was still steaming.

HVO reports that rates of motion increased late this morning on a GPS station 1.5 km (1 mile) southeast of Nanawale Estates. The direction of motion is consistent with renewed movement of magma in the downrift direction (to the northeast).

Rates of seismicity changed little throughout the day; located earthquakes were mostly uprift (west) of Highway 130. Gas emissions remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures.

Updated at 2 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has confirmed a new fissure is in Lanipuna Subdivision near the entrance. As of 2 p.m. the fissure was actively erupting.

County officials report that crews are on site assessing the situation and that hazardous fumes continue to be released.

In total 15 fissures have emerged in the lower Puna eruption. A total of 116.57 acres had been covered by lava as of 2 p.m. and 36 structures have been destroyed.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense says there are no threats to Nanawale Estates at this time.

Spectrum has installed free Wi-Fi access at the Kea`au Community Center, Pāhoa Community Center, Pāhoa Senior Center, Recovery Information and Assistance Center at Sacred Hearts Church, and the Food/Supply Center at the corner of Highway 130 and 132.

The Hawaii National Guard will be in the area conducting presence patrols to provide assistance and security in the area.

The Kalapana Transfer Station is closed until further notice.  The closure is due to the inability of the County’s commercial vehicles to safely access the site.  The public can continue to use the Pāhoa Transfer Station, located in Pāhoa Village and open 7 days a week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Mayor Kim has assured the public that PGV hazards/risks will be mitigated in the best possible way.

HVO has confirmed a large ash plume/explosion at Halemaʻumaʻu.  The plume is being carried by wind towards the Pahala direction.  Light ash dusting could occur in populated areas west of Halemaʻumaʻu.

A Community Informational Meeting will be held at the Volcano Community Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesdaynight.  HVO experts will present the scientific background of the current eruption.

Updated at 8:45 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the steady lowering of the lava lake in “Overlook crater” within Halemaʻumaʻu at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano has raised the potential for explosive eruptions in the coming weeks.

“If the lava column drops to the level of groundwater beneath Kīlauea Caldera, influx of water into the conduit could cause steam-driven explosions,” HVO reports.

Debris expelled during such explosions could impact the area surrounding Halemaʻumaʻu and the Kīlauea summit.

“At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue,” HVO officials said.

Original post published at 6:08 a.m.

The intermittent eruption of lava in Leilani Estates in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano continues.

Activity on Tuesday was focused on the northeast portion of the fissure area; two new fissure segments (13 and 14) broke ground between fissures 7 and 6. Fissure 13 cut across Leilani Street.

By 5 p.m. on Tuesday, fissures 13 and 14 were inactive; late this evening geologists reported loud jetting and booming sounds, and some spattering, at fissure 13. At about 6 p.m. on Tuesday reports of booming sounds were reported in the vicinity of Black Sands Beach Subdivision. When HVO geologists arrived soon after, no such sounds were occurring.

Early Tuesday morning, geologists reported the widening of cracks of about 1 to 4 cm (0.4 to 1.6 in) of cracks on Highway 130 and Ali’ili road.

Rates of seismicity changed little throughout the day on Tuesday, but increased during the fissure activity in the afternoon. Gas emissions remain elevated in the vicinity of fissures.

HVO field crews successfully completed the installation of two new co-located seismometers and GPS receivers on the north and south sides of the East Rift Zone.

The lava has covered a total of 104 acres and destroyed 36 structures.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until further notice. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene. Residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Civil Defense has established the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued at RIAC throughout the week.

The County is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.

The County of Hawaii and Civil Defense say they are not associated with the website www.punalavaflow2018.com. 

Highway 130 is remainds closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road. Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.

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

Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.

Water spigots installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker in Vacationland are still available for the public to access.

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect.  All aviation request are administered by the Fire Department.

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.

The Department of Health is working on updating SOdata reporting online.  Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard here.

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

This map shows the locations of fissures and an ‘a‘ā flow erupted since May 3 in the order that they occurred in Leilani Estates as of 7:00 p.m. HST, May 8. The purple areas are lavaflows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015. USGS map.