CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGES and ALERTS
This is an eruption and lava flow information update for Friday March 27th at 7:45 am.
This morning’s assessment continues to show all breakout and flow activity is limited to areas approximately 8 miles upslope from the stalled flow fronts to areas near the summit of Pu’u O’o. Smoke conditions with burning vegetation along the edges of the breakouts were light with a light northeast wind blowing the smoke in a southwest direction.
With the ongoing decrease in down slope activity and the downgrade in the threat level issued by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this past Wednesday March 25th, daily assessments and eruption updates will be suspended effective tomorrow, Saturday March 28th. Eruption and flow activity will continue to be monitored by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the community will be kept informed of any changes or possible threats.
On behalf of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and our partners I would like to thank the community for your support and assistance and stress that the eruption and flow activity will be monitored closely.
The State of Hawaii Department of Health is currently operating three (3) air monitoring stations in the Pahoa and Leilani estates area in response to the current and ongoing eruption and lava flow activities. These monitiors detect the presence of air borne particles that may result from the burning materials (vegetation, grass, brush, and other materials) and volcanic emissions. The data and information being collected by these monitors can be viewed at the following web site: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires. Click on “view lava related air quality conditions on Hawaii’s big island.” The table below provides air quality guidelines.
For gas and particle concentration data see: http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/air-quality/, click on “Quick Look” then go to “Puna Special Sites.”
The Mayor has signed his Third Emergency Supplementary Proclamation, due to the threat of disaster due to the June 27th lava flow in the District of Puna, effective January 30, 2015. And that the Proclamation of September 4, 2014, Supplementary Proclamation of October 16, 2014 and Second Supplementary Proclamation of December 3, 2014 shall remain in full force and effect.