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Saturday
Jun092018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Sat, 6/9/18, 4PM - Update 4

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 9 at 4:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized lava flow to the ocean. Officials say the small overflow outbreak, near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki, is now fully confined to the channel.

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

  • There is currently no immediate threat, but residents close to the active flow should stay alert and heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate with little notice.
  • Please stay out of the Lava Tree State Park.

Sulfur Dioxide emissions remain high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels around the fissure system, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun092018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Sat, 6/9/18, 3PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 9 at 3:00 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized lava flow to the ocean. Officials are monitoring lava cresting the perched flow channel near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki. 

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

  • Residents near the intersection of Highway 132 and Pohoiki should be prepared to voluntarily evacuate with little notice.
  • Residents in adjacent areas, close to the active flow should stay alert and heed warnings from Civil Defense officials.
  • Please stay out of the Lava Tree State Park.

Sulfur Dioxide emissions remain high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels around the fissure system, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun092018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Sat, 6/9/18, 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 9 at 12 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow with a high volume of lava. The flow is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.  Sulfur Dioxide emissions remain high from fissure eruptions.  The National Weather Service reports trade winds are back and pushing the gas emissions south.

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

  • Residents in adjacent areas, and in close proximity to the active flow, should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.
  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.

Due to the elevated gas levels around the fissure system and at the ocean, the following is provided for your information:

  • Avoid the laze plume at the ocean entry and be aware that the plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.
  • If you feel the effects of sulfur dioxide exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun092018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/9/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 9 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

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

  • Avoid the laze plume.
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Pomaikai Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • If you feel the effects of gas exposure shelter-in-place or leave the immediate area.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun092018

Ash Eruption - Sat, 6/9/18 5AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, at 5:00 in the morning for the area of Ka’u.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 4:50 am. The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala 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.

Have a safe commute.

This is your Hawaii Civil Defense Agency

Friday
Jun082018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/8/18, 6PM - Update 4

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 8 at 6:00 in the evening.

The National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and settling in the Saddle area.  Vog will limit visibility on some roads to a quarter of a mile. Drive with caution.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • Residents in Leilani Estates, and other areas affected by SO2, should take measures to reduce exposure by sheltering in place or leaving the area.
  • Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or going directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.  

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

  • The mandatory evacuation order continues for all areas of Leilani Estates, at Pomaikai Street and to the east.
  • The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai and is open only to residents with official credentials. 
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Jun082018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/8/18 1PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 8 at 1:00 in the afternoon. 

The National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area.  Vog will limit visibility on some roads to a quarter of a mile. Drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
  • N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will NOT protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.  

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

  • The mandatory evacuation order continues for all areas of Leilani Estates, at Pomaikai Street and to the east.
  • The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai and is open only to residents with official credentials. 
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Jun082018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/8/18 9AM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 8 at 9 in the morning.

The National Weather Service reports high levels of vog and sulfur dioxide from the fissure system are moving north and wedging in the Saddle area, creating poor visibility on the roads.  Drive with caution. The Big Island interior and south are expected to have increased levels of vog until tonight.

Due to volcanic emissions and changing wind conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and stay indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • Stay alert and be ready to leave the area should conditions change.
  • N-95 masks that were distributed are for ash or vog particulate and will NOT protect from gasses or vapors, including SO2.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.  

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

  • The mandatory evacuation order continues for all areas of Leilani Estates, at Pomaikai Street and to the east.
  • The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai and is open only to residents with official credentials. 
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Jun082018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Fri, 6/8/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 8 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is producing a large channelized flow that is entering the ocean at Kapoho Bay and producing a large laze plume.

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

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny 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.

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

  • Leilani Estates West of Moku Street is open only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road only to residents with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents in these areas should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory also reports that a steam explosion occurred at the Kilauea Summit early this morning, so be aware of ash fallout if your commute takes you through Ka’u.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Thursday
Jun072018

East Rift Zone Eruption: THU, 06/07/18, 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The lava delta is 1.2 miles wide in the Vacationland area and the flow is expanding northward through Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. 

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following is provided for your information:

  • The mandatory evacuation order continues for Leilani Estates, Pomaikai Street and to the east.
  • The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai. Access is for residents with official credentials only.
  • If you have been displaced, please fill out a Universal Intake Form at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Pahoa Community Center, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m to 3 p.m. This allows you to register as a disaster survivor so you can apply to receive assistance.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency

Thursday
Jun072018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Thurs, 6/7/18, 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 7 at 12 noon.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The channel is overflowing occasionally northward through remaining areas of Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following is provided for your information:

  • The mandatory evacuation order continues for Leilani Estates, Pomaikai Street and to the east.
  • The curfew has been lifted west of Pomaikai. Access is for residents with official credentials only.
  • If you have been displaced, please fill out a Universal Intake Form at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Pahoa Community Center, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m to 3 p.m. This allows you to register as a disaster survivor so you can apply to receive assistance.

A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held today, Thursday, June 7 in Volcano at the Cooper Center at 7:00 in the evening.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Thursday
Jun072018

East Rift Zone Eruption: THU, 06/07/18, 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. 

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

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny 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.

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held today, Thursday, June 7 in Volcano at the Cooper Center at 7:00 in the evening.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Wed, 6/6/18, 7PM - Update 6

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 6 at 7 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an eruption at 4:10 this evening at the Kilauea Summit resulting in a 10,000 foot high ash plume.  The National Weather Service is reporting slow, easterly winds over the next two days. Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may affect air quality across the central and southern half of the island.

Due to the changing wind conditions, the following is provided for your awareness:

  • Take action to limit further exposure.
  • Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held at 7 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday June 7th, in Volcano at the Cooper Center.
  • You can monitor volcanic gas levels on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. The Fissure 8 flow has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending .7 miles from shore. 

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. If you need shelter, the covered court at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

Halemaumau Ash Eruption, Wed, 6/6, 4:30PM - Update 5

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 6 at 4:30 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at the Kilauea Summit occurred at about 4:10 PM.  The resulting ash plume reached 10,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind is blowing in the southwest direction and ash fallout may affect the areas of Volcano and Pahala.  Please be on the alert.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following is provided for your awareness:

  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  If you are outside, seek cover.
  • If you are in the car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor 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.

Please be on the alert.  Please be safe.

This is your Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

East Rift Zone Eruption - 6/6 4:15PM - 5.6 Earthquake, NO tsunami - Update 4

This is a Civil Defense message Wednesday, June 6 at 4:15 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii.  There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.6 was centered at the Kilauea Summit.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.  If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: An ash plume has been detected traveling to the southwest. Avoid ash by staying indoors.

Again, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaii.  NO tsunami threat.

If any additional information becomes available, you will be notified.  

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

East Rift Zone Eruption - WED, 6/6/18, 1:30PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 6 at 1:30 in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service reports slow, easterly winds are expected to bring vog to the island interior starting tonight, and over the next two days.  Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may increase, affecting air quality across the central and southern half of the island. The trades are expected to pick up again by the weekend.

Due to the changing wind conditions, the following is provided for your information:

  • Take action to limit further exposure.
  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held at 5:30 this evening, in Kona at the West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers – Building A.
  • You can monitor volcanic gas levels on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Vacationland is completely covered by lava and a large laze plume is rising from the ocean entry in that area. The Fissure 8 flow has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending .7 miles from shore. 

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

  • Residents are advised to stay away from all areas of volcanic activity.
  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. If you need shelter, the covered court at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

East Rift Zone Eruption - WED, 6/6/18 10:39AM - 4.1 Earthquake, No Tsunami Threat - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense message Wednesday, June 6 at 10:39 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 10:39 a.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the Island of Hawaii.  There is NO tsunami threat for the island of Hawaii.

Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.1 was centered at the Hamakua Coast.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of aftershocks.  If the earthquake was strongly felt in your area, precautionary checks should be made for any damages; especially to utility connections of gas, water and electricity.

Again, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 10:39 a.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaii.  NO tsunami threat.

If any additional information becomes available, you will be notified.  

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun062018

East Rift Zone Eruption: WED, 06/06/18, 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline. 

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

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

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from fissure eruptions.  Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and VOG will be held today, Wednesday, June 6 in Kona at the West Hawaii Civil Center Council Chambers – Building A, at 5:30 in the evening.
  • You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civic Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun052018

East Rift Zone Eruption: TUE, 6/5/18, 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is still active and producing a large channelized flow that has inundated most of Vacationland and Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry has completely filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.8 miles from shore. A large laze plume is blowing inland along the coastline. 

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

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. 
  • 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.
  • Residents are advised to stay away from all areas of volcanic activity.

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports volcanic gas emissions remain very high from the fissure eruptions. Due to the elevated gas levels, the following is provided for your information:

  • A community meeting on volcanic ash and vog will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6 in Kona at the West Hawaii Civic Center Council Chambers – Building A, at 5:30 in the evening. 
  • The public can now monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website or go directly to www.epa.gov/kilaueaairdata. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun052018

East Rift Zone Eruption: TUE, 6/5/18, 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 5 at 12 noon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is still active and producing a large channelized flow that has inundated Vacationland and most of Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry has filled Kapoho Bay and is extending 0.7 miles from shore. A large laze plume is blowing inland into the air along the coastline. 

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

  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. 
  • 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.
  • Residents are advised to stay away from all areas of volcanic activity.

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area should heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center is open and pet-friendly. The Keaau Armory shelter has reached capacity. 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria this evening, Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 in the evening. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.