May 11, 1:40 PM: East Rift Zone Intrusion & Seismic Activity Moving NEMay 11, 2018, 8:16 AM HST (Updated May 15, 2018, 12:10 PM)
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Friday, 11, 2018, 3:23 p.m.: Two ash plumes rose from the Overlook Crater at Kīlauea’s summit (photos just posted to USGS/HVO website)
Friday, May 11, 2018, 1:40 p.m.: East Rift Zone intrusion and seismic activity moving north-east
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports the East Rift Zone intrusion and seismic activity appears to be moving down-rift in a north-east direction.
Hazardous fumes continue to be released from existing cracks and fissures, but no lava activity is occurring at this time.
As a precautionary measure, residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, 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 Pāhoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center are open.
Food will be provided and the shelters are pet-friendly. This is a precautionary message. Eeveryone in the Lower Puna area needs to be ready.
All beach parks in Lower Puna have been closed, including the Pohoiki Boat Ramp.
Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Volcano School of Arts and Sciences are closed today.
Kua O Ka La School will reopen in Hilo on Monday. Grades K through 4 will meet at New Hope Church in Hilo, grades 5 through 12 will meet at the Boys and Girls Club in Hilo.
Friday, May 11, 2018, 6 a.m.: No new updates from Hawai‘i County Civil Defense
The eruptions have paused but ground cracks are widening and new steaming areas appeared yesterday.
Yesterday evening, the lava coverage was reported to have increased from 116.57 acres to 117.38 acres.
Aloha Broadband is offering free internet in Sea View near the mailboxes.
The following is an update from the U.S. Geological Survey, 6:49 a.m.
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
A pause in active eruption of spatter and lava along Kīlauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone continued through the night. However, earthquake activity and ground deformation continue and additional outbreaks in the general area of Leilani Estates are likely.
Overnight, earthquake activity was concentrated on the downrift (east) side of the existing Leilani fissures.
High levels of sulfur dioxide continue to be released from the fissure system.
Deflationary tilt at the summit of the volcano continues and seismicity remains elevated.
This morning, a steady plume of steam is rising from the Halema‘uma‘u (the Overlook Crater within the Kīlauea Caldera).
It is expected that occasional rockfalls into the deep vent will produce intermittent, low-level ash emissions. Depending on wind conditions, dustings of ash may occur in the Kīlauea summit area and downwind.
More energetic ash emissions are possible.
Field crews are onsite in the Leilani Estates area this morning examining the fissure vents and searching for any signs of new or resumed activity.
Click here for newly organized information about ash hazards, gas hazards and the Lower East Rift Zone eruption.
To view yesterday’s latest updates, click here
The images below are new photos from yesterday, May 10, 2018, which were posted on the USGS website.