Fissure 8 continues to erupt, closures still in affect and more arrests made

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full lava channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. A collapse explosion event at the Halemaumau Crater occurred yesterday afternoon around 5:00 p.m.  Residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.

Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry laze plumes continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense.

If you have not already reported your property damaged, destroyed or inaccessible, please visit the Disaster Recovery Center located at Keaau High School.

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am – 8pm. Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State and County agencies, and nonprofit organizations are available to provide disaster assistance.

A community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria will be held today at 5 p. m.

Four more people have been cited by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement for being in an East Rift Zone Eruption closed area.

Monday afternoon at about 4:45, four men were spotted by DOCARE officers in an area north of MacKenzie State Recreation Area.  All four were cited on two charges: loitering in a disaster area and simple trespass.  They are identified as:

Mitchell Shroyer-30 of Wisconsin

Christopher McWherter-36 of California

Nicholas Allen-27 of California

Joshua Allen-32 of California

At least 80 people have been cited by DOCARE officers and officers from the Hawai‘i County Police Dept., since the eruption began in early May.  Penalties, if convicted, can be fines as high as $5000 and a year in jail.