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Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/20/18, 12PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at Noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that sulfur dioxide emission rates tripled down wind of the rift today. Areas of Kamaili, Seaview, and Malama Ki have elevated levels. Take action necessary to limit further exposure. 

Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
  • Stay away from any ocean plume. The plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all thru traffic. No stopping, this is a high sulfur dioxide area.
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for listening. We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 2, 5/20/18 8AM - SO2 Tripled, USCG monitoring

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows. Two lava flows have entered the ocean. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that sulfur dioxide emissions have tripled. Take action necessary to limit further exposure.  

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park, the following policies are in effect: 

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.  Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the area. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning. Health risks are present both landside and on the water.

Due to hazardous conditions from lava and fires, the following policies are in effect:

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic. 
  • Everyone is asked to stay out of the area.

For your information:

  • Department of Water Supply says an emergency water restriction is still in effect for customers between Kapoho and Pohoiki. The flow that has crossed Pohoiki Road cut off water supply to residents.
  • Two water tankers are providing public drinking water access to residents and visitors in Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots.
  • HELCO advises residents in the down rift of the flow to be aware of downed power lines. Always assume the power lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas. Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Sunday
May202018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/20/18 6AM - Flow 3 split into 2 flows, entering ocean

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, May 20 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Flow front 3 has split into 2 flows and both are entering the ocean. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that Sulfur Dioxide emissions have greatly increased. 

Due to hazardous conditions, the following roads are closed and all are asked to stay out of the area

  • Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. 
  • Kamaili Road is closed to all through traffic.  

Due to the lava entering the ocean off Highway 137 in the vicinity of MacKenzie State Park, the following policies are in effect:

Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.  Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 

  • Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. 
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

The residents of lower Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help by avoiding the affected areas if possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 8, 5/19/18 11PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean.  Flow front #2 is approximately 400 M from Highway 137.  Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137.  All persons are asked to stay out of the area.

The lava has entered the ocean.  Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. 
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 7, 5/19/18 9PM- 630 Meters from Hwy 137

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows.  The flow originating from fissure 20 has again split into two lobes, both are currently heading in the general direction of the 13 mile marker on Highway 137.  Flow front #1 is approximately 630 meters from Highway 137 and moving about a 100 meters per hour.  Flow front #2 is approximately 750 meters from Highway 137 and moving about the same speed.  At the current rate, the lava flow may cross the highway within the next five to seven hours.

Highway 137 is closed between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road.  Kamaili Road is closed between Highway 130 and Highway 137 due to a brush fire.  Residents in the area have been evacuated. 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety. 

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 6, 5/19/18 6:30PM - Brush Fire, Kamaili Rd. Evacuation

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 in the evening.

Active lava flows have caused brush fires to spread from the flow front toward Kamaili Road. Residents on Kamaili Road need to evacuate the area immediately.

County and state fire units are in the area, going door-to-door to make sure people are informed and check if they need assistance. Everyone needs to stay clear of this area.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 5, 5/19/18 6PM - Half-mile from Hwy 137

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows which have joined together into one flow. The flow is currently in state forest reserve lands and heading in the general direction of MacKenzie State Park.  No structures are threatened at this time. Residents should be aware that the lava flow is currently about half a mile from Highway 137 and, at the current rate, may cross the highway within the next five to six hours.

Should the lava enter the ocean be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. 
  • Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents between Kamaili and Pohoiki are advised to decide if they want to voluntarily leave the area at this time.
  • For those who choose to voluntarily evacuate, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.
  • All persons are asked to avoid the area.
  • Stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.
  • County, state and federal agencies will be monitoring the flows and eruptive activities throughout the night.

On roads information:

  • Highway 130 is open for residents only.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.
  • Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to thru traffic.
  • Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 4, 5/19/18 2PM - Laze hazard

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 2 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows:  in state forest reserve lands and heading in the general direction of MacKenzie State Park.  No residents are threatened at this time.  Residents should be aware that the lava flow is currently .8 miles from Highway 137 and, at the current rate, may cross the highway within the next four to seven hours. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents between Kamaili and Pohoiki are advised to decide if they want to voluntarily leave the area at this time.
  • For those who choose to voluntarily evacuate, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  The shelters are pet friendly.
  • All persons are asked to avoid the area.
  • Stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.
  • The Fire Department and HVO will be actively monitoring the flows by helicopter.

On roads information:

  • Highway 130 is open for residents only.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.
  • Should the lava cross, Highway 137 will be closed to thru traffic.
  • Road blocks will be established on both sides of the roadway should the flow cross the highway.

Should the lava enter the ocean be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume.

  • Laze is when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.    

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/19/18 12PM - Road update

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 12 in the afternoon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active flows: two west of Pohoiki Road and two east of Pohoiki Road. The two flows on the west of Pohoiki are moving up to 900 feet per hour.  The eastern flows are moving slowly.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

  • Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation if necessary.
  • Residents are advised to stay alert to messages issued by your Civil Defense Agency.

On roads information:

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.  
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic only, and present ID.
  • Closure may occur at any time with no notice.

Due to ongoing ash eruption out of Halemaumau, the following areas downwind are advised:

  • Take necessary precautions for ash, including measures to protect your water catchment systems.
  • Stay indoors where ash is falling.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption, Sat. 5/19/18, 8:30AM - Latest Flow and Road Information

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a short-lived steam explosion from Kilauea crater created an ash cloud around midnight that reached up to 10,000 ft. Ash was carried southwest by the wind toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu. Residents are reminded to protect themselves from ash fallout by remaining indoors.

Do continue to be on the alert of air quality around you and be cautious.

 A large, slow moving lava flow continues from Fissure 20 west of Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.  The flow has advanced 1,000 feet in under 1 hour. Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are in effect:

 

  • Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation should it be deemed necessary.  

 

On roads information:

 

  • Pohoiki Road is closed.  
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic, to those with ID.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Be aware shelters are pet friendly.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/19/18 6AM - Small Steam Explosion Overnight from Kilauea Crater

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a small steam explosion occurred in Halemaumau Crater last night around midnight.  National Weather Service reports the ash plume rose to around 7000 feet.  Trade winds pushed the ash plume to the southwest toward Kau, Pahala, and Naalehu. Residents of these areas are reminded to protect yourself from ash fallout by remaining  indoors or by using dust masks.

Fissures east of Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna gardens continue to erupt, producing a slow moving lava flow.  Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time.

  • Pohoiki Road is closed. 
  • Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic past the checkpoints.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Saturday
May192018

Kilauea Steam Explosion

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, May 19 at 12:30 am for theareas of Upper Puna and the Ka’u District.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 11:58 pm.The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume Southwest toward Volcano Village, Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu, and Ocean View.

 

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.  
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

Civil Defense

Friday
May182018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 5, 5/18/18 7:30PM - Pohoiki Road Closed.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 7:30 in the evening.

 Fast moving lava from Fissure 20 has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place, isolating approximately 40 homes in the area.  All persons are asked to avoid the area.

 Due to the volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

 

  • Pohoiki Road is closed. 
  • Four (4) people were safely evacuated by County and National Guard helicopters.
  • People still in that area are asked to stay in a safe place and wait for further instructions.  
  • Residents from Isaac Hale Beach Park to Kalapana are advised to prepare for voluntary evacuation should Highway 137 become threatened.
  • For those evacuating, the Pahoa Community Center, Keaau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open.  Food will be provided and the shelters are pet friendly.
  • Highway 137 and 130 are open.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Friday
May182018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 4, 5/18/18 5PM - Lava crosses Pohoiki, officials assessing situation.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 5 o’clock in the evening.

Fast moving lava has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Police, Fire and National Guard are being sent in to stop all entry on both sides of Pohoiki and secure the area.  There are approximately 40 homes in the area that are isolated.  Officials are gaining access by helicopter to the area to assess how many people are there and if they need assistance.  All persons in that area are asked to stay where they are and wait for further instructions. 

All persons are asked to stay clear of this emergency situation.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Friday
May182018

Department of Water Supply Emergency Water Restriction

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Department of Water Supply says an emergency water restriction is in effect for customers between Kapoho and Pohoiki. Please cease all irrigation in that area. Water spigots have been installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker has been placed in Vacationland for public drinking water access.

Friday
May182018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 5/18/18 12PM - Increasing Sulfur Dioxide

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported several fissures producing lava spatter and flow located in the Leilani and Lanipuna area.  Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents.  Forty (40) structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning

Due to increasing Sulfur Dioxide, eruptive and fissure development the following policies are in effect:

  • Leilani Estates evacuees must be alert to decreased availability of access.  Do not compromise your safety.  Remember closures can occur at any time without notice.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to high levels of dangerous volcanic gases and active lava fissures.
  • Do be on the alert for elevated levels of Sulfur Dioxide as conditions show other areas on the island being affected.

For your information:

  • HELCO advises Leilani Estates residents to be aware of downed power lines.  Always assume the lines are active and exercise extreme caution.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Friday
May182018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 2, 5/18/18 9AM - Possible Decreased Access in Leilani Estates

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 9 o’clock in the morning.


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 22.  Several fissures have gone active with lava spatter and flow.  Forty (40) structures have been reported destroyed as of this morning.

Due to increasing SO2, eruptive and fissure development the following policies are in effect:

 

  • Leilani Estates evacuees must be alert to possible decreased availability of access.
  • If your property is not accessible, contact Civil Defense for the possibility of escort.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to high levels of dangerous volcanic gases.

 

For your information:

 

  • Checkpoints along Highway 137, 132 and 130 are limited to resident access only.
  • No trespassing.  Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency will be treated as a felony and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 
  • Pahoa Post Office is reopened.

 

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection.

 

  • Distribution will continue today from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member. Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Friday
May182018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 1, 5/18/18 6AM - New fissure 22

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, May 18 at 6 o’clock in the morning.

 The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 22, between fissures 19 and 20.  Several fissures are active with spattering.  A lava flow at fissure 17 is covering the existing lava flow, but no new advancement is occurring.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

 

  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
  • Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary. 

 

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection.

 

  • Distribution will continue today from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

 

A third shelter has opened.  Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Keeau, is now open.

 

  • People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pahoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
  • The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
  • All shelters are pet friendly.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

 We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

 

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Thursday
May172018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 6, 5/17/18, 6pm - New fissure 21, Mask Distribution, New Shelter Open 

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 17 at 6 o’clock in the evening.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 21 down rift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates.  Several fissures have reactivated. HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

 

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
  • Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary.

 

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection until 7 o’clock tonight.

Please be advised:

 

  • Masks may be picked up at Cooper Center in Volcano, Pahala Community Center and Naalehu Community Center. Shipman Park Pavilion in Keeau does not have any more masks. 
  • Distribution will continue on Friday from 1pm to 7pm at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

 

A third shelter has opened.  Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Keeau, is now open.

 

  • People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pahoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
  • The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
  • All shelters are pet friendly.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. 

Thursday
May172018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 5, 4:30pm - New Fissure 21

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 17 at 4:30 pm.


The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has reported a new fissure 21 down rift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates.  Several fissures have reactivated, and HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

 

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and flows and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.

 

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense