Short-Lived Explosion at Halema`uma`u

At 11:58 p.m. on Friday, a short-lived explosion at from Halema’uma’u created an ash cloud that reached up to 10,000 feet asl and was carried southwest by the wind, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Possible trace ash fall may have occurred along Highway 11.

Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ashfall downwind are possible at any time. Volcanic gas emissions at the summit remain high.

National Weather Service reports the ash plume rose to around 7000 feet.

Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu.

Residents of these areas are reminded by Hawai`i County Civil Defense to protect yourself from ash fallout by remaining  indoors or by using dust masks.

Fissures east of Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna gardens continue to erupt, producing a slow moving lava flow.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.

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

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.
  • Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic past the checkpoints.

USGS/HVO webcam image.