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6 P.M. Civil Defense Update on Kīlauea Eruptions

May 17, 2018, 6:28 PM HST
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On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported a new fissure (21) down rift of Makamae Street in Leilani Estates.  Several fissures have reactivated. HVO reports lava is pahoehoe, and flows have been generated.

Ikaika Marzo stated “Fissure opened up in Leilani again today. Looks like to be on Ho’okupu st. Picture was texted to me by Volcano Helicopter pilot Mr. David Okita. I will be going in to confirm the street. Also Lanipuna fissure is still highly active at this time too. Both of these fissures could be consuming some structures soon.”

Due to the continued volcanic activity the following policies are in effect:

  • Residents in Leilani Subdivision need to be aware of this new activity and take necessary precautions.
  • Be aware of possible additional hazards with utility lines and poles obstructing roadways and avoid all downed wires.
  • Do continue to be on the alert for volcanic fumes of SO2.
  • Volcanic gas such as SO2, is especially dangerous for elderly, children/babies and people with respiratory problems.
  • People in areas downwind of rifts may intermittently experience higher levels of fumes. People with breathing problems should avoid being outdoors and leave the area if deemed necessary.

To help our residents, we are distributing free masks for ash protection until 7 o’clock tonight.

Please be advised:

  • Masks may be picked up at Cooper Center in Volcano, Pahala Community Center and Na‘alehu Community Center. Shipman Park Pavilion in Kea‘au does not have any more masks.
  • Distribution will continue on Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cooper Center and Ocean View Community Center.
  • One mask per family member.
  • Masks DO NOT protect against gasses and vapors.  They will only provide filtering for ash.

A third shelter has opened. Sure Foundation, located on Pohaku Circle in Kea‘au, is now open.

  • People from Pahoa who have breathing concerns are relocating from the Pāhoa Community Center shelter to the Sure Foundation shelter.
  • The shelter will cater specifically to people with breathing issues, but everyone is welcome.
  • All shelters are pet friendly.

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time.  We ask for your help and understanding.


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