Oozing at Fissure 16 Reported Saturday Morning

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 in the lower East Rift Zone remains very active and continues to flow into the ocean at Kapoho.

In addition, as of 9 a.m., fissure 16 is oozing lava and is being monitored closely.

The National Weather Service reports heavy vog is blanketing the interior and southern parts of the island, impacting Hilo and wrapping around to Kona through the weekend.

Lava now covers 5,914 acres or an area of nine and one quarter (9.24) square miles, per Hawai`i County Civil Defense. Civil Defense also reports that there have been 467 homes destroyed.

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is located at the Kea`au High School Gym. Shuttle buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shuttles run every 20 minutes from the Keaau Armory, and every hour from the Pahoa Community Center shelter. The full bus schedule can be found on our Civil Defense website. For a list of the information you need to bring with you to the DRC, or if you want to register online click here.

Photo: Lava fountains from Fissure 8 reach heights of 200 ft overnight on June 14 to 15. The cinder and spatter cone that is building around the fissure is now about 165 ft at its highest point. At times, fissure activity is hidden behind the cinder and spatter cone, as shown in this image. USGS image taken June 15, 2018.