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Incident: Kilauea Summit Collapse/Explosion, Sunday, 06/24/18, 04:12pm 

This is a Civil Defense message for Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 04:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosion event occurred at approximately 04:12 p.m. The energy released from the event is equivalent to a magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale and did NOT cause a tsunami.

The event resulted in a small ash plume mostly steam that may affect the surrounding areas. 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.


This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.