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Small Lava Pond Remains in Fissure 8 Cone

August 11, 2018, 7:08 AM HST (Updated August 11, 2018, 7:08 AM)
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Fissure 8 on Aug. 8, 2018, at 8 a.m. PC: Renee Collins

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 6 a.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kīlauea Summit and the Lower East Rift Zone.

Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes.

A small lava pond remains in the Fissure 8 cone. Observations yesterday show the pond to be largely crusted over with some areas glowing. Fissure 8 along, with other fissures, continue to release gas.

Lava is oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

Although the lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time, and residents should remain informed and heed Hawai‘i County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

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Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Lava eruption could resume at any time.

Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.

The plates on Highway 130 are stable, motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area.

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Pāhoa Community Center is open.

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