UPDATE: Lava Crosses onto PGV Property

Updated at 7 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean.

Fissure 22 continues to produce most of the lava feeding the flows.

Lava from Fissure 22 has crossed onto the Puna Geothermal Venture property.

According to Hawai`i County Civil Defense, county, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities.

Ten of the eleven wells have been quenched.

Civil Defense says that efforts are ongoing to make sure the site is secure and the community is kept safe.

Updated at 4:19 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system.

Officials say fissure 22 is erupting a short line of low lava fountains that feed a channelized flow that reaches the coast just north of MacKenzie State Park.

Spattering continues from a reactivated Fissures 6 that intermittently feeds a short lava flow. Fissures 17 and 19 continue weak spattering.

HVO field crews are on site tracking the lava flows and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Volcanic gas emissions have tripled as a result of the voluminous eruptions from Fissure 20 so SO2 concentrations are likely elevated to higher levels throughout the area downwind of the vents, according to HVO.

Moderate trade winds today means that areas downwind of Kilauea gas emission sources may experience varying levels of vog.

This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible, according to officials. Ground deformation has slowed and seismicity levels have decrease in the area.

HVO says that future outbreaks could occur 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.

Several smaller ash emissions have taken place and produced abundant ash following Monday morning’s explosion at Halema’uma’u crater at Kilauea’s summit. Additional explosions possible at any time, according to officials.

Seismic levels, which abruptly decreased after the recent explosive eruptions, are again slowly increasing.

As of 4:11 p.m., based on HVO web cameras, a robust plume of gas and steam is billowing out of the Overlook vent and drifting generally southwest.

Photo: Aerial view of erupting fissure 22 and lava channels flowing southward from the fissure during an early morning overflight. View is toward the southwest. Photo courtesy of Volcano Helicopters.

Updated at 12:06 p.m.

As of 12 p.m., Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that residents in the lower Puna, south of the Lower East Rift Zone, should be prepared to leave the area with little to no notice due to gas or lava inundation and should take action necessary to prepare ahead of time.

Gas levels in the area remain high.

Due to unsafe conditions on roadways, the following policies are in effect:

  • Kalapana and Kapoho Roads are open to residents only. Identification is required.
  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Original story published at 8:44 a.m.

Eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with two flows entering the ocean in lower Puna.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense said in its 8:30 a.m. update that gas levels remain high and residents should take actions to limit further exposure.

In addition, all schools are open as of Monday morning.

An eruption community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High & Intermediate cafeteria.

 

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, Civil Defense officials say the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed to all traffic between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.