Fresh Lava Oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots

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The U.S. Geological Survey released this map as of 2 p.m., June 28, 2018.

Given the dynamic nature of Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone eruption, with changing vent locations, fissures starting and stopping, and varying rates of lava effusion, map details shown here are accurate as of the date/time noted. Shaded purple areas indicate lava flows erupted in 1840, 1955, 1960 and 2014-2015.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that activity continues at Kīlauea Volcano.

Early morning view of Fissure 8. Lava roils and pours out of the spatter cone into the open channel.

Night view of the lava channel toward fissure 8 under a nearly full moon.

This image was taken from an observation point near the right-hand bend in the channel where it turns southward around Kapoho Crater.


The silhouetted volcanic cone in the center is Halekamahina, located south of the channel and about 6.4 km (4 mi) northeast of fissure 8.

View of the ocean entry (lower left) from this morning’s overflight.

Lava was entering the ocean across a broad area primarily on the north part of the lava delta.

Upslope along the northern margin of the flow field, lava is still oozing from several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots.

Fissure 8 lava fountain in the upper left.

Note southward bend in the lava channel around Kapoho Crater.


Near the coast, the northern margin of the lava flow field is still oozing fresh lava at several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots. Smoke marks locations where lava is burning vegetation.
Ongoing subsidence of Kīlauea’s Crater floor

Comparison of photographs taken on June 13 and 26 from near Keanakāko’i Crater overlook in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park shows a subsidence scarp that formed as the Kīlauea Crater floor subsided.

The view is to the west. Halema‘uma‘u crater is in upper right.

Scientists estimate the dramatic dropping of the crater floor in this area occurred sometime between June 23 and 26.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel with a broad ocean entry along the Kapoho shoreline. Fresh lava is also oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.


Due to volcanic activity, the following polices are in effect:

  • Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed.
  • Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
  • Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency is treated as a felony.
  • The Hawai‘i Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for the lower Puna area. No aircraft or drone activity is allowed within the Temporary Flight Restriction.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawai‘i County that have been affected by the Kīlauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is located at the Kea‘au High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to assist you.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the Civil Defense website (

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