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CIVIL DEFENSE ALERT ARCHIVE

This is an Archive of previous alerts posted to the Civil Defense Messages and Alerts page. For current alerts please visit the Civil Defense Messages and Alerts page.

Wednesday
May162018

East Rift Zone Eruption - Update 3, 12pm - Ashfall update, Water restriction notice.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 16 at 12 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports very light ashfall and hazardous air quality possible.  The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that occasional bursts of ash are coming from Halemaumau Crater.  Light upslope winds may carry ash across portions of Kau, Puna and North and South Hilo Districts. Only trace dusting of ash is currently visible on property.

  • Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant.
  • Those with breathing issues should take extra precaution to minimize exposure.
  • Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
  • All roads in this area are open at this time.

Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents in lower Puna. An interruption in trade winds today means that Lower Puna, Volcano Village and surrounding areas, such as the Big Island North, South and Interior, may experience varying levels of vog and sulfur dioxide exposure.  The Hawaii Fire Department reports that air quality is still condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road.

  • Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure.
  • Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe.
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says lava flows from fissure 17 have advanced little over the past day. Field crew estimates are an advance of only 100 yards. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • The U.S. Postal Service reports that mail delivery has been temporarily suspended to the following neighborhoods in the Puna area of Hawaii island: Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pahoa-Kapoho Road, Papaya Farms, Vacationland, Kapoho Beach, Kapoho-Kalapana Road, Seaview, Puna Palisades, Kehena, Kalapana Shores, Uncle Roberts, Kalapana-Pahoa Road, Chain of Craters Road and Black Sands. Residents of these areas are asked to pick up their mail from the Pahoa Post Office at 15-2859 Pahoa Village Road.
  • Just a reminder: An emergency water restriction is in effect for the Kapoho to Pohoiki area until further notice.

County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation.  You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

Sign up for the latest Civil Defense Agency messages and alerts at www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

Thank you for listening.  Have a safe day.  This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Wednesday
May162018

East Rift Zone Eruption – 4.0 Earthquake/No Tsunami Threat, Wed, 5/16, 11:36am

This is a Civil Defense message for Wednesday, May 16 at 11:40 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 11:36 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 4.0 was centered in the summit region of Kilauea.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of after shocks.  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 11:36 a.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaii.  NO tsunami threat.

If any additional information becomes available, this station will be notified.  Thank you for listening.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
May162018

East Rift Zone Eruption-May 16, Update 2, 10:30am.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has cancelled the Ashfall Advisory as of 8:33 a.m. Volcanic emissions from Halemaumau Crater have decreased since Tuesday evening. The NWS could reissue the advisory as conditions warrant.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that occasional bursts of ash are coming from Halemaumau Crater, causing cause ash to fall downwind across portions of Lower Puna to include Volcano Village and Kau District.  Only trace dusting of ash is currently visible on property.

  • Avoid excessive exposure to ash which is an eye and respiratory irritant.
  • Those with breathing issues should take extra precaution to minimize exposure.
  • Motorists are advised to drive with caution.
  • All roads in this area are open at this time.

Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents in lower Puna. An interruption in trade winds today means that Lower Puna, Volcano Village and surrounding areas, such as the Big Island North, South and Interior, may experience varying levels of vog and sulfur dioxide exposure.  The Hawaii Fire Department reports that air quality is still condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road.

  • Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure.
  • Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe.
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.

As a precautionary measure, residents of lower Puna are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption. Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, you should be prepared to evacuate at short notice.  Take this time to prepare.

If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly. This is a precautionary message.  We want everyone in the Lower Puna area to be ready, and to remain safe.

  • The Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard has comprehensive information and data related to vog and ash hazards and impact: https://vog.ivhhn.org

County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation.  You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

Sign up for the latest Civil Defense Agency messages and alerts at www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

Thank you for listening.  Have a safe day.  This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Wednesday
May162018

No Tsunami Threat for Wed, May 16 at 8:45 AM

This is a Civil Defense message for Wednesday, May 16 at 8:45 a.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports the earthquake that occurred at approximately 8:36 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 4.2 was centered in the summit region of Kilauea.

As in all earthquakes, be aware of the possibility of after shocks.  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 8:36 a.m. was NOT large enough to cause a tsunami for the island of Hawaii.  NO tsunami threat.

If any additional information becomes available, this station will be notified.  Thank you for listening.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
May162018

East Rift Zone Eruption Update 6 a.m. - Air Quality, Fissure update

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 in the morning.

 The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that several fissures are active producing spatter, however the flow from Fissure 17 has not advanced since yesterday.  For up to date information go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map

For the latest images and information from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory:

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_chronology.html

HVO has increased the Aviation Color Code to Red due to increased ash emission from Kilauea.  Ash has been rising nearly continuously from the vent and drifting downwind to the southwest. Ashfall and vog have been reported along Highway 11 to Pahala. At any time, activity may increase the intensity of ash production. 

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

Volcano School of Arts and Sciences will be closed today (5/16/18).

Hawaii Fire Department reports that air quality is condition RED around fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road. Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure. Severe conditions may lead to symptoms such as eye and nose irritation, and coughing. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas is especially dangerous for the elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announced that Highway 130 is open beyond Malama Street for local residents only.  The Hawaii Police Department reports no large trailers or heavy equipment will be allowed over the metal plates.

Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pahoa High School.  Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.

As a precautionary measure, residents of lower Puna are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption. Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, you should be prepared to evacuate at short notice.  Take this time to prepare.

If you evacuate voluntarily, the Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open. Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly. This is a precautionary message.  We want everyone in the Lower Puna area to be ready, and to remain safe.

County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation.  You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.

Thank you for listening.  Have a safe day.  This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.