UPDATE: Three Lava Flows Entering the Ocean

Updated at 1 p.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, there are currently three lava flows entering the ocean between Pohoiki Bay and MacKenzie State Park (Highway 137 mile markers 12 to 14).

Lava eruption continues in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens from Fissure 22, which is feeding the two other ocean entries.

Fissure 7 reactivated this morning and is actively fountaining lava. The flow is moving towards the east into Leilani Estates. So far, it has covered Kaupili and Mohala Streets, between Leilani Avenue and the fissure line. The flow continues to be active.

The County has scheduled the next community meeting regarding the eruption for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at the Pahoa High & Intermediate School cafeteria.

Original story posted at 8:17 a.m.

Eruption of lava continues in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that as of its 8:12 a.m. updte, the middle portion of the fissure system (centered on Pohoiki Road) continues to produce the most robust eruptive activity in the Lower East Rift Zone.

Overnight, field crews observed that fissure areas 2, 7, 8 and 3, 14, 21 (between Luana and Kaupili St. in Leilani Estates) reactivated and are spattering. Intermittent signals recorded on sensors closest to the two ocean entries suggest they remain active.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions.

HVO officials reports that magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone.

Elevated earthquake activity continues, but earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past couple of days. The number of located earthquakes remains low.

At Kilauea’s summit, small ash emissions from the Overlook crater continued overnight. Moderate trade winds were blowing to the southwest and light ashfall likely occurred in downwind locations.

Ash emissions reached 6000′ during the most energetic explosions above sea level as observed in the National Weather Service radar, but dispersed quickly.

Earthquakes in the summit area continue at a moderate rate, as does deflation of the summit region. The earthquakes and ash explosions are occurring as the summit area subsides and adjusts to the withdrawal of magma from the summit.

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

Photo: Helicopter overflight of Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone on May 23 shows the lava channel emerging from Fissure 22 (not visible, but to the center, far right of the image). The lava is flowing downhill, from right to left in the photo. USGS photo.