UPDATE: 2400 Acres Covered by New Lava, Flow Crosses Pohoiki Road

Updated at 6:03 p.m.

As of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 5:20 p.m. report, vigorous eruption of lava continues from the lower East Rift Zone fissure system in the area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens.

As of Saturday morning, almost 2400 acres have been covered by new lava.

HVO reports that fissures 22, 6, and 13 are feeding lava flows moving southeast to the coast southwest of Pohoiki.

At midday on Saturday, two ocean entries were active.

Over the past 24 hours, channels feeding these ocean entries have diminished somewhat in vigor, however the laze plume generated remains significant.

HVO says that fissures 7 and 21 are feeding an ‘a’ā flow that has advanced to the northeast and this afternoon crossed Pahoa Pohoiki Road onto PGV property.

HVO field crews are on site tracking the fountains, lava flows, and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Crews are also checking on the status of ground cracks on Highway 130.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Trade winds are expected to diminish Sunday evening and the area impacted by vog could expand.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low.

Ash continued to erupt intermittently from the Overlook crater at the Kīlauea summit. Observations from the ground and by UAV during the past week have documented retreat of the Overlook crater wall due to collapse of the steep enclosing walls and rim.

During the most energetic event of the day, ash from Overlook crater rose as 12-13,000 feet above sea level based on National Weather Service radar. Trade winds took the ash clouds primarily to the southwest. Trade winds are expected to diminish Sunday evening and communities around the summit area could see ashfall.

Earthquakes in the summit region continue as the summit area subsides and adjusts to the withdrawal of magma.

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: An aerial view, looking west, of the two active ocean entries on Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone. The large white plume (foreground) is the eastern ocean entry; the weaker, western plume can be seen in the distance. The white plume, referred to as “laze,” is a mixture of condensed acidic steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass that can irritate lungs, eyes and skin. USGS photo.

Updated at 10:43 a.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports that the flow in Leilani Estates has slowed its advance and remains about 150 yards from Pohoiki Road.  The flows to the South continue to enter the ocean near MacKenzie State Park.

Due to the volcanic activity, Civil Defense says that the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents close to the active eruption must remain alert to changes in the flow direction and are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should their areas become threatened.
  • Areas along Kamalii Road are experiencing elevated levels of sulfur dioxide. Residents are advised to shelter in place or leave the area.
  • The Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church shelters remain are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Ash mask are being distributed at Cooper Center, Hawaiian Ocean View Community Center, Pahala Gym Annex, Shipman Gym in Keaau, and Naalehu Nutrition Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Original story published at 6:51 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that of its 6:43 a.m. update, fissure 22 continues to erupt lava that is flowing southeast to the coast and the lava ocean entry.

In addition, fountains at Fissures 6 and 13 feed lava into a channel that reaches the coast forming a second ocean entry.

HVO reports that fissures 7 and 21 are feeding a perched lava pond and pāhoehoe flow that has advanced northeastward covering most of the area between Kaupili and Mohala Streets. The flow front has become an ‘A’ā flow and is advancing slowly toward Pahoa Pohoiki Road.

The latest HVO observations indicate the flow front is about 150 yards from the road. On the west side of Fissure 7 a perched pāhoehoe flow (near Makamae St) broke out around 4 a.m. feeding short flows to the west. Overnight, flaming and vigorous spatter was observed from a cone on Fissure 8, while Fissure 17 was the source of multiple booming gas emissions. Sensors in the LERZ indicated that the lava ocean entries remained active overnight.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions.

HVO reports that magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone. Earthquake activity continues, but earthquake locations have not moved farther downrift in the past few days and the number of located earthquakes remains low.

At Kilauea’s summit there were three explosions from Overlook Crater (12:42 a.m., 1:44 a.m., and 5 a.m.) that produced ash clouds to between 10,000 and 11,000 feet above sea level.

The National Weather Service Nexrad radar indicated that the clouds quickly dispersed. Several smaller explosions occurred over the course of the night. Moderate trade winds were blowing to the southwest and light ash fall likely occurred in downwind locations.

Earthquakes in the summit region continued at a moderate rate overnight. The earthquakes and ash explosions are occurring as the summit area subsides and adjusts to the withdrawal of magma.

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

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