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East Rift Zone Eruption - Sun, 6/10/18, 6PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 10 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 continues to produce a large channelized flow entering the ocean at Kapoho. Volcanic gas emissions from fissure eruptions remain very high. The National Weather Service reports that trade winds are pushing volcanic emissions southwest though Pahala to Ocean View areas. 

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

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road is open only to residents of Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road with official credentials; there is no curfew.
  • Residents downwind, do reduce exposure to volcanic emissions by staying indoors and closing windows or leaving the immediate area. You can monitor sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide on Hawaii Island by visiting the Civil Defense website.
  • Do heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and be prepared to evacuate with little notice.

The shelters at Pahoa Community Center and Keaau Armory are open and pet-friendly. 

The Recovery Information and Assistance Center at the Pahoa Community Center is closed on Monday, June 11, in observance of King Kamehameha Day and will re-open Tuesday, June 12.

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.