Fissure 18 Opens Near Halekamahina Loop Road

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that official fissure 18 has opened up near Halekamahina Loop Road between fissure 16 and 17. Active fumes and lava spatter are occurring at this time.

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

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

In addition, HVO has cautioned about the possibility of an explosive eruption at Halema’uma’u Crater due to the withdrawal of lava from Kilauea summit lake. This could generate dangerous debris very near the crater and ashfalls up to tens of miles downwind.

In addition, due to continued volcanic activity three charter schools will be closed on Monday, including Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, Ke Kula `o Nawahiokalani Iki LPCS, and Hawai`i Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Off-road sightseeing is prohibited. Stay out of the active eruption area. Allow the residents to care for their business.
  • 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.

Click here for lava activity that was occurring earlier in the day.

Photo: At 8 a.m. on Sunday, a slow sticky a’a flow emerges from a new fissure just over a half mile northeast of the end of Hinalo Street. The new fissure – fissure 17 – is about one half mile south of Hwy 132. Some reports have referred to this fissure as number 18 but that is not correct. Fissure 18 had not erupted by this time.  USGS image.