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Eruption Causes Mass Evacuation of Leilani Estates

May 3, 2018, 8:17 PM HST
* Updated May 4, 2:21 PM
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An eruption has commenced in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano.

Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

White, hot vapor and blue fume emanated from an area of cracking in the eastern part of the subdivision. Spatter began erupting shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision, in the areas of Mohala and Leilani Streets. According to the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense update at 5:40 p.m., all residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivsions are required to evacuate.

This wide shot looks northeast, and shows the fissure that formed on the west flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone (line of white steam).

USGS Photo.

The fissure extends roughly 1.5 km (0.9 mi) west of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Crater, and nearly reaches the bottom of the photograph.

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