5:30 PM: Breakouts Near Four Corners
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Wednesday, July 4, 5:30 p.m.: Breakouts Near Four Corners
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots and a flow near the Four Corners area.
The following policies are issued.
Due to the breakouts of lava near Four Corners and within Kapoho Beach Lots persons are reminded that these areas are closed to any access.
- Be aware that spill overs of the channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field, do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard.
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 will resume running between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center between 7:30 a.m and 9 p.m.
- For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, visit the county website. (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)
Wednesday, July 4, 10:21 a.m. Kīlauea Summit Collapse/Explosion
The Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosion event occurred at approximately 10:21 a.m. The energy released from the event is equivalent to a magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale and did NOT cause a tsunami.
The event resulted in a small ash plume that may affect the surrounding areas.
THE EVENT IS LIKELY ASSOCIATED WITH A SUMMIT ERUPTION.
ITS PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ARE:
ORIGIN TIME – 1019 AM HST 04 JUL 2018
COORDINATES – 19.4 NORTH 155.3 WEST
LOCATION – IN THE SUMMIT REGION OF KILAUEA VOLCANO
MAGNITUDE – 5.4
NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.
6 a.m.: Vog to Push to South & West
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho.
The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline.
Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow. G
as emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.
The National Weather Service reports trade winds will push vog to the south and west side of the island.
Highway 130 is open to all traffic.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive with caution over steel plates in the roadway
Kamaili Road is open to residents including Opihikao only
Highway 137 is open from Highway 130 north to Opihikao road
McKenzie State Recreation Area and the new lava flow areas remain closed
Residents and visitors are reminded, there are no lava viewing areas on Highways 130 and 137
Vacation Rentals as well as all businesses in the Kalapana area can resume normal operations
The Disaster Recovery Center in Keaau is open from 8am-8pm.