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Condition Red Air Quality Message for Lanipuna Gardens Area & Surrounding Farm Lots

May 14, 2018, 5:01 PM HST
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This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, May 14, 2018, at 4:40 p.m.

This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking northwest. From left to right on the horizon, one can see Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent near the left edge of the image, the gas plume from Halemaʻumaʻu crater near the middle of the image (when clear enough), and Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea farther to the right.

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 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 toxic gas hazard in the affected area, the following are issued:

Leaving the area of SO2 inundation is the best way to protect yourself and your family.

Seek medical attention if severely affected.

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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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