Featured Articles

Kīlauea Summit Ash Eruption

May 24, 2018, 6:39 PM HST
* Updated May 24, 9:16 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...

This is a Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Message for Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Pamela Mizuno.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an ash eruption at the Kīlauea summit occurred at about 6 p.m. The resulting ash plume reached 10,000 feet high and may affect the surrounding areas. The wind may carry ash to the southwest toward the Pahala area.

From HVO Observation Tower May 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

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

  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed. If you are outside, seek cover.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed. Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions. Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments


Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.