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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.