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Eruption Information Update 8/31/14 - 8:30AM

Daily helicopter over flights and assessments of the eruption are being maintained.  This morning’s assessment showed that surface activity is continuing however is very slow and does to pose an immediate threat to neighboring areas.  The surface flow has advanced approximately 200-300 yards since yesterday morning. 

Although the burning of vegetation is limited, due to the light winds and a noted inversion this morning, smoke conditions in some areas have been moderate to heavy.  Those conditions are expected to improve as the winds pickup and the inversion is lifted. There is not brush fire or wildland fire threat at this time.

Presently, the current activities and flow does not present with an immediate or imminent threat to area communities. 

The location of the surface flow is approximately 1.3 miles southwest or upslope of the Wao Kele Puna Forest Reserve boundary.  Eruption activity will be monitored and additional updates will be provided. 


Area residents are encouraged to continue to review their emergency plans in the event conditions change and should an evacuation be necessary.  As stated, the current flow activity does not present with an immediate or imminent threat.  This update is to keep area residents informed of current observations. 

The public is advised that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas.  Please do not attempt to access the area as there are many cracks and dense vegetation.  In addition please refrain from attempting to do so through the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision and respect the privacy of area residents.  Enforcement officers of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources will be conducting patrols and reminding persons in the area of the restricted access.



Community Assistance Information Update 08/24/14 

Incident:    Community Assistance   Information Update               

This is a Community Assistance information update for Sunday August 24th.

County water spigot sites in Puna remain operational and available.  Spigot sites include: Mountain View Gym, Kurtistown Ballpark, Kalapana, Nanawale Estates, Keonepoko, Kipuka Farms, and the Kea‘au Transfer Station. Residents are asked to continue to use these sites to meet their drinking water needs.

The Pahoa Community Center is open for showers and for charging of phones and personal devices.  The hours of operation are 10:00am to 6:00 p.m. during teh weekend and returning to normal business hours of 7:45am to 4:30pm on Monday.


For more information regarding assistance and relief efforts, please contact Janice Bueltmann of the Hawai`i Island United Way at 936-2268.


Mayor's Proclamation from August 7, 2014

State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective 6:00 AM   Thursday, 08/07/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.


Mayor's Proclamation August 7, 2014


State of Emergency exists on the Hawaii Island, Effective 6:00 AM   Thursday, 08/07/2014  and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act.