East Rift Zone Eruption Update #1 051518 6am

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 AM in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a new fissure has opened in the Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision northeast from fissure 19.   The narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is still moving slowly toward the ocean at approximately 20 yards per hour.  There are no homes or roads threatened at this time. For up to date information go tohttp://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-lava-map.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is working to reopen the Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) from Malama Street to Kamaili Road this morning for local traffic only.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution as metal plates will be placed over the cracks on the roadway.  HDOT and County personnel will be stationed along the route to ensure the roadway is safe for local traffic.
  • Dept. of Health reports hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems. SOcan be carried with wind, or, cover an area with no wind.
  • Residents of Lower Puna are advised to be on the alert to gas emissions.
  • 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.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.
County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation.  You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.


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