New Evacuations Underway in Leilani Estates

Evacuations are underway in the Leilani Estates subdivision, per Hawai`i County Civil Defense.

County officals say residents on Nohea Street and Luana Street between Leilani Avenue and Kahukai, and on Kupono Street between Malama Street and Leilani Avenue need to evacuate immediately due to a fast moving lava flow from Fissure 7.

Shelters at the Pahoa Community Center, Kea`au Community Center and  Sure Foundation Church remain open and are pet friendly.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in it’s 6:20 p.m. report that fissure 7 activity is very active, producing a large spatter rampart over 100 feet tall from fountains reaching 150 to 200 feet. The fountains fed two perched channels–the north channel fed a lava flow that advanced toward pad E of the PGV property and the south channel a flow that was advancing to the southeast along the west border of the fissure 22 flow.

HVO says that the Fissure 7 north channel fed a flow that advanced into PGV property and approached pad E before it stalled this morning; however, the flow was refreshed by lava from the vent and, about noon, started to advance again covering a portion of pad E and also producing a narrow flow to the north of pad E. These flows continue to be active as of this posting.

Fissures 22 and 13 continue to feed lava flows extending south to the lava ocean entry. Signals recorded on stations in the LERZ indicate that the lava ocean entry remained active overnight. This morning, lava activity at both vents has diminished and the ocean entries are weaker than yesterday. Fissure 6 is no longer active. Fissure 21 has been intermittently active.

Photo: Pāhoehoe lava advancing west from fissure 7 (lava fountain in background) on Leilani Avenue on May 27. USGS photo.