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

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

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 and producing a large laze plume. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry continue to be very high. The National Weather Service reports a decrease in trade winds that will result in thicker vog through the weekend for the southern part of the island, through Pahala to Ocean View and wrapping around to Kona.

Due to volcanic and air quality conditions, the following guidance is given:

  • The Department of Health recommends limiting outside activities and staying indoors if you have breathing issues.
  • You can monitor the latest air quality measurements through the University of Hawaii’s Vog Measurement and Prediction Project at
  • An eruption community meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m., tonight, at the Pahoa High Cafeteria.

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.
  • 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 immediate threat, but 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.  

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.