UPDATE: New Fissure Emerges in Leilani Estates

Updated at 6:05 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports that fissure 17 is still actively spattering but the flow is nearly stalled.

In addition, fissures 18, 19, and 20 have reactivated and this afternoon’s new fissure (21) is located between fissures 7 and 3.

An area 50 to 100 yards wide, parallel to and north of the line of fissures between Highway 130 and Lanipuna Gardens, has dropped slightly. This long depression is currently being filled by pahoehoe lava flows from fissures 20 and 21.

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

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone as indicated by the continued northwest displacement of a GPS monitoring station. Elevated earthquake activity continues, but earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past couple of days.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that a third shelter has opened at Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Kea`au.

People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pahoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.

The Sure Foundation shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome. All shelters are pet friendly.

Original story published at 5:06 p.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has reported a new fissure 21 downrift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates.

Several fissures have reactivated, and HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and flows and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.

Photo: The Fissure 17 flow front, pictured here on May 17, has slowed substantially with only small amounts of pasty “toothpaste” lava oozing out from the flow front. However lava continues to be erupted from the active fissure. This lava appears to be accumulating within the flow and has widened the flow margins slightly. USGS.