UPDATE: Several Fissures Continue to Move Towards Kapoho

Updated at 8 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported in its 7:24 p.m. report that fissure 8 maintained high fountains through Wednesday with sustained heights exceeding 200 feet and the presence of multiple secondary fountains that reached to 60 feet.

HVO says this fountaining continued to feed a lava flow that moved downslope along Highway 132.

Advance rates were less than 100 yards an hour for the three lobes of the flow. The flow moved north of Highway 132 in the vicinity of Noni Farms and Halekamahina roads, from which the two easternmost lobes advanced in a more east northeasterly direction while the westernmost lobe advanced in a northeasterly direction.

According to HVo, the fissure 18 flow also remained active on Wednesday, moving downslope toward Highway 137 at rates of much less than 100 yards per hour.

During the day, sporadic bursts of activity were also observed from Fissures 22, 6, and 13.

Pele’s hair and and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling to the west of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds my waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone, per HVO.

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 vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kīlauea’s summit.

The National Weather Service observed an ash column rising to 12,000 feet around 11 a.m. Wednesday but visibility was very poor on the ground and ground observers could confirm the event.

Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ash fall downwind are possible at any time. Earthquake activity is elevated at the summit, with a few felt events reported overnight. Volcanic gas emissions at the summit remain high and will combine with wind conditions to produce widespread vog across the Island of Hawai`i on Wednesday.

Updated at 6:07 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to move through Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and towards the Kapoho area.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense continues to urge residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland to evacuate due to the possibility of lava cutting off access to Beach Road near Four Corners.

Officials say a mandatory evacuation is in effect past Pomaikai Street.

One lava flow is approximately 2.5 miles from Four Corners and a second is about a half-a-mile from Highway 137, north of Ahalanui County Park.

In addition, Beach Road from Four Corners to Hawaiian Beaches is restricted to resident access only, between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., to allow continued evacuations.

Highway 132 remains closed.

Leilani Estates residents with approved credentials are allowed to enter at 7 a.m. but must leave by 6 p.m. Civil Defense says the curfew is strictly enforced for safety.

Photo: Lava flow erupted from fissure 8, photographed during HVO’s early morning overflight on May 30. The lava channel was estimated to be about 100 feet wide.

Updated at 12:14 p.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area.

Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland  are advised to evacuate.  Those in the area are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners.

As of Hawai`i County Civil Defense’s 12 p.m. update flows are estimated to be less than half a mile from Highway 137, north of Ahalenui County Park.

Beach Road is being restricted to resident traffic from Four Corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow continued evacuations.

In addition, cell Phone and telephone landline communications in the Kapoho area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines.

Highway 132 remains closed.

The Department of Health has received reports of children using N95 masks in school and outside. Officials say these masks are not intended for use by children or infants and that their exposure should be reduce by keeping them inside.

High concentrations of SO2 are still present in the Leilani Estates area, where fissures continue to emit gasses.

Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.

A meeting to discuss vog and ash exposure is scheduled in the Kau District at the Robert Herkes Gym in Pahala at 5:30 p.m.

Original story published at 7 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, in it’s 6:43 a.m. report, says that fissure 8 maintained high fountains throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, with sustained heights exceeding 200 feet and the presence of multiple secondary fountains that reached to 60 feet.

This fountaining continued to feed a lava flow that moved downslope along Highway 132.

HVO officials say advance rates accelerated late Tuesday and early Wednesday, reaching approximately 600 yards an hour. The flow moved north of Highway 132 in the vicinity of Noni Farms and Halekamahina roads, advancing along a steepest descent path that could take the flow to the Four Corners area.

Residents in the Kapoho area including Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland were advised to evacuate beginning at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone in the area is at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near four corners.

Due to the lava activity, Hawai`i County Civil Defense says the following policies are in effect:

  • Beach road is restricted to outbound traffic from four corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow residents to evacuate.
  • Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.

In addition, Civil Defense reports that cell phone and telephone landline communications in the Kapoho area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines.

HVO says that fissure 18 flow also remained active, moving downslope toward Highway 137 at rates of less than 100 yards per hour. Overnight, sporadic bursts of activity were also observed from Fissures 7 and 15.

Pele’s hair and and other lightweight volcanic glass from high fountaining of Fissure 8 are falling to the west of the fissure and accumulating on the ground within Leilani Estates. Winds my waft lighter particles to greater distances. Residents are urged to minimize exposure to these volcanic particles, which can cause skin and eye irritation similar to volcanic ash.

Volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Wind conditions for Wednesday, May 30, are forecast to result in widespread vog over the Island of Hawaii.

Magma continues to be supplied to the lower East Rift Zone, according to HVO. 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 vent within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at Kīlauea’s summit, but no small explosive events have been recorded since Tuesday morning.

Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ash fall downwind are possible at any time. Earthquake activity is elevated at the summit, with a few events reported felt overnight. Volcanic gas emissions at the summit remain high and will combine with wind conditions to produce widespread vog across the Island of Hawaii on Wednesday.

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USGS map as of 6 p.m. on May 29. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted—and could have changed rapidly since that time. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960, and 2014-2015.