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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.

Thursday
Aug162018

Keauhou Ranch Fire Wednesday 8/15/18

This is a Civil Defense wildland fire update for Wednesday, August 15.

The National Park Service reports that cooler weather and rain helped the suppression efforts for the Keauhou Ranch Fire, which remains at 3,739 acres, and is now 90% contained. You can find more information, updates, and photos here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6114/.

Mauna Loa Road inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed to the public since May 11.

Please drive carefully on Highway 11 as smoke may impact driving conditions.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Aug152018

East Rift Zone Eruption Wednesday 8/15/18

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Wednesday, August 15.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone. Seismic activity at the summit continues to be low with few earthquakes. The lava pond in fissure 8 cone is mostly crusted over. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continues to release gas. Lava continues to be reported oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • Due to light trade winds some areas may experience elevated levels of sulphur dioxide gas. Reduce your exposure by staying inside with doors and windows shut or by leaving the area.
  • Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Unstable surfaces can collapse under weight resulting in injury.
  • Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile markers are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.
  • The plates on Highway 130 are stable. Motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area. 

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pahoa Community Center, is open Monday through Saturday at 8 AM.

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

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Aug152018

Keauhou Ranch Fire Tuesday 8/14/18

This is a Civil Defense wildland fire update for Tuesday, August 14.

The National Park Service reports that the Keauhou Ranch Fire is 3,739 acres and 86% contained. Favorable weather and suppression efforts have slowed the spread of the fire, which is still one mile north of Highway 11. You can find more information, updates, and photos here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6114/.

Mauna Loa Road inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed to the public since May 11.

Please drive carefully on Highway 11 as smoke may impact driving conditions.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Aug142018

New Siren Testing August 14-16, 2018

Hawaii County Civil Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency will be conducting new siren testing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. The sequence will include cycling the siren system on and off throughout a one hour time frame. 

Tuesday, August 14: 

  • Ho’okena Beach Park (Mid-morning)
  • Ho’opuloa (Early Afternoon)
  • Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (Afternoon)

Wednesday, August 15: 

  • Honoka’a (Early Afternoon)
  • Honomu (Afternoon)

 Thursday, August 16: 

  • Cooper Center (Morning)
  • Mt. View (Mid-morning)

More information can be found here: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/3383-2/.

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

Tuesday
Aug142018

East Rift Zone Eruption Tuesday 8/14/18

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Tuesday, August 14.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone. Seismic activity at the summit continues to be low with few earthquakes. The lava pond in fissure 8 cone is mostly crusted over. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continues to release gas. Lava continues to be reported oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

It is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • Due to light tradewinds, some areas may experience elevated levels of sulphur dioxide gas. Reduce your exposure by staying inside with doors and windows shut or by leaving the area.
  • Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Unstable surfaces can collapse under weight resulting in injury.
  • Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile markers are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution. 

The plates on Highway 130 are stable. Motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area.

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pahoa Community Center, is open Monday through Saturday at 8 AM.

There will be an eruption information community meeting in Pahoa today at 5:00 PM at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.