Lava flow filling in Kapoho Bay sending laze plume along coastline (6am Tues update)

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00 in the morning.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue in the lower East Rift Zone. Fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that is filling in Kapoho Bay. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

Due to the lava entering the ocean, the following policies are in effect:

  • Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with tiny glass particles into the air.
  • Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume. 
  • Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation. 
  • Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.

Due to the current volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:

  • Government Beach Road, between Kahakai Boulevard and Cinder Road, is open to Waa Waa and Papaya Farms Road residents only with official credentials. There is no curfew.
  • Residents in this area 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. 

An eruption community information meeting will be held at the Pahoa High School cafeteria this evening, Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 in the evening. 

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

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.