UPDATE: Fissure 6 Once Again Active

Updated at 6:40 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports that Fissure 6, near Leilani Avenue and Pohoiki Road, has become active again.

As of about 4:45 p.m., HVO officials say that fountaining and spattering was occurring.

The flow from fissure 17 has had little advancement since this morning.

HVO has increased the Aviation Color Code to Red due to increased ash emission from Kilauea.  Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. Ashfall and vog have been reported along Highway 11 to Pahala. At any time, activity may increase the intensity of ash production.

Volcano School of Art and Science will be closed on Wednesday.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory officials reports that eruption activity continues in lower Puna with fissure 20 opening early this morning.

As of Hawai`i County Civil Defense’s 1 p.m. update, the narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is the only active flow at this time.  It has slowed down considerably and is moving about 20 yards per hour toward the ocean, about 1.2 miles from Highway 137.

There are no homes or roads threatened at this time. Be aware, no sightseeing is permitted in the area.

Original story published at 8:47 a.m.

Activity remains concentrated at fissure 17 on Tuesday morning.

In addition, a new fissure, the twentieth since the lower Puna activity began, has opened in the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.

Lava flows from fissure 17 have advanced little over the past day. An estimate of advance rate overnight was about 20 yards per hour. The flow is moving generally east south east and as of this morning was about 1.2 miles above Highway 137.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory officials say additional information on fissure 20 will be available later in the day.

Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area, per HVO.

The location of future outbreaks could include areas both uprift (southwest) and downrift (northeast) of the existing fissures, or, existing fissures can be reactivated. Communities downslope of these fissures could be at risk from lava inundation. Activity can change rapidly.

On Tuesday morning the plume from Overlook vent inside Halemaumau is steady and gray due to its ash content. The plume is rising several thousand feet above the ground and drifting to the southwest. Ashfall is occurring in the upper Ka’u Desert and downwind.

Depending on wind conditions, dustings of ash may occur in the Kilauea summit area and downwind. More energetic ash emissions are possible if explosive activity commences.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • The Hawaii Department of Transportation is working to reopen the Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) from Malama Street to Kamaili Road on Tuesday morning for local traffic only. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as metal plates will be placed over the cracks on the roadway.  HDOT and County personnel will be stationed along the route to ensure the roadway is safe for local traffic.
  • Department of Health reports hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems. SO2 can be carried with wind, or, cover an area with no wind.
  • Residents of Lower Puna are advised to be on the alert to gas emissions.
  • Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School. Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.