UPDATE: Additional Residents Ordered to Evacuate as New Fissure Opens

Updated at 12:45 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 17 (previously noted as fissure 18) off Halekamahina Loop Road is at least several hundred yards long and producing lava spatter. Lava is slowly moving away from the vent at this time.

This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass.

Continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely.

As a reminder, due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection. Only local traffic allowed on Highway 132 (Pahoa-Kapoho Road) and Highway 137 (Beach Road).
  • Highway 130 is closed at the intersection of Highway 132. Only local traffic allowed into Leilani Subdivision. Highway 130 remains closed between Malama Street and Kama’ili Road.
  • No one is allowed to go off-road sightseeing. Stay out of the active eruption area. Allow the residents to care for their business.
  • Residents of Halekamahina Road are ordered to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.
  • Residents of lower Puna: there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare. If you evacuate voluntarily, pet-friendly shelters are open at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center.
  • Vacation rentals in lower Puna are directed to cease operations to relieve the demand for water as well as reduce the area population so emergency responders can focus on residents who live in the area.
  • Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.

Updated at 10:50 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that fissure 18 has been renamed as fissure number 17 because Saturday’s late evening event never erupted lava.

Lava spatter activity and gas emissions are occurring as of 10:45 a.m. on Halekamahina Road located to the west, or Kalapana side, of Highway 132.

This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass.

Updated at 9 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has verified reports a new fissure, number 18,  opening up to the west, or Kalapana side, of Highway 132 on Halekamahina Loop Road in lower Puna.

Lava spatter activity and gas emissions are occurring at this time. The newest fissures are on private property, do not trespass.

Residents of Halekamahina Road are ordered to evacuate and be on the alert for gas emissions and lava spatter.  Shelters are open at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

Highway 132 and Highway 137 remain open for local traffic only.

Vacation rentals in the eruption area of Lower Puna are directed to cease operations to relieve the demand for water and to reduce the area population so emergency operations can focus on residents who live in the area.

Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for lower Puna area. No helicopter or drone activity is allowed without approval.

Featured image a still from a video by Cheryl Gansecki, University of Hawaii. Fissure 16 eruption at 12:57 p.m. on May 12.

Original story published at 7:15 a.m.

Department of Public Works and Police have verified reports of a new fissure, number 18, opening up on Halekamahina Loop Road to the west, or Kalapana side of Highway 132.

At this time, steam and lava spatter activity has started from this new fissure.

Due to the volcanic activity, residents of Hale Kamahina Loop Road are ordered to evacuate.

The Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly.

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