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6 PM: New Map Released

July 3, 2018, 6:15 AM HST (Updated July 4, 2018, 6:27 AM)
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KĪLAUEA SUMMIT LIVESTREAM LINK

CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE LAVA MAP FOR JULY 3, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 6 p.m.: New Map Released

Map as of 11 a.m., July 3, 2018. Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960 and 2014-2015.

USGS Map, July 3, 2018. PC: USGS

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline. Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow.  Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high. The National Weather Service reports trade winds will push vog to the south and west side of the island.

Highway 130 is open to all traffic.

  • Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive with caution over steel plates in the roadway
  • Kamaili Road is open to residents only
  • Highway 137 is open from Highway 130 north to Opihikao road
  • MacKenzie State Recreation Area and the new lava flow areas remain closed
  • Residents and visitors are reminded, there are no lava viewing areas on Highways 130 and 137
  • Vacation Rentals as well as all businesses in the Kalapana area can resume normal operations

Halema‘uma‘u, June 30, 2018. PC: USGS HVO

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 6 a.m.: Highway 130 Reopens at 8 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline. Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high. The National Weather Service reports trade winds will push vog to the south and west side of the island.

  • Highway 130 will reopen to all traffic beginning at 8 a.m. today.
  • Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive with caution over steel plates in the roadway
  • Kamaili Road will be open to residents only
  • Highway 137 will be open from Highway 130 north to Opihikao Road
  • MacKenzie State Recreation Area and the new lava flow areas remain closed
  • Vacation rentals as well as all businesses in the Kalapana area can resume normal operations

There will be a community meeting this evening at 5 p.m. at the Pāhoa High School cafeteria.

2:45 a.m.: No Tsunami From 5.3-M Summit Quake

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports a gas explosion with energy equal to a 5.3 magnitude earthquake has occurred at Halemaumau Crater at 2:17 a.m..

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports there is no tsunami threat to the Island of Hawai‘i.

Due to the volcanic activity, the following is provided for your awareness:

  • Residents in the area affected by earthquakes are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
  • When driving be on the lookout for cracks in roadways.
  • If ash is observed stay indoors or seek cover.

For forecasts of where ash would fall under forecast wind conditions, consult the Ash3D model output here.

Information on volcanic ash hazards and how to prepare for ash fall maybe found online at http://www.ivhhn.org/information#ash (health impacts) OR https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/ (other impacts).

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