Civil Defense Message: Lava Flow Moving Towards Ocean

May 15, 2018, 12:54 AM HST (Updated May 15, 2018, 12:32 PM)

The Hawai‘i County Civil Defense reports that on Monday, May 14, 2018, as of 11:45 p.m., the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the narrow lava flow from fissure 17 is still moving slowly toward the ocean.

There are no homes or roads threatened at this time. For more information go to

(Lava Flow data provided by UH Hilo SDAV Lab)

The Hawai‘i Fire Department reports that fissures in the southeast area of Lanipuna Gardens area are issuing high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas at this time. Residents in the area and surrounding farm lots on Pohoiki Road near Lanipuna Gardens are advised the air quality is condition remains RED. 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. This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:

  • The Hawai‘i Department of Health reports that hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from fissures are especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems. SO2 can 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.
  • On road closures, Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection and a checkpoint is located on Highway 130 by Pāhoa High School.  Only local traffic allowed beyond all roadblocks.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.

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



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