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4 PM: Cinder Road Residents Advised to Prepare for Evacuation

July 9, 2018, 8:15 AM HST (Updated July 10, 2018, 11:59 AM)
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Monday, July 9, 2018, 4 p.m.: Cinder Road Residents Advised to Prepare for Evacuation

Map as of 2 p.m., July 9, 2018.

USGS Map of the LERZ on July 9, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

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.

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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 continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection.

There is no immediate threat at this time.  However residents in the Cinder Road area are advised to be prepared for voluntary evacuation if necessary.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Kapoho Beach Lots and Four Corners area 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.

The National Weather Service forecasts showery light trade wind conditions through tonight. Some areas will experience elevated SO2 levels. You are reminded to take actions by sheltering in place or leaving affected areas.

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. The Center 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.

Monday, July 9, 2018, 12:15 p.m.: Lava Nearing Hot Pond

Lava is was 650 yards from Ahalanui Beach Park (Hot Pond) as of early this morning, reported Janet Babb, a geologist at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The current Leilani Estates eruption of Kīlauea Volcano is now threatening Hot Pond and Kua ‘O Ka La Charter School nearby.

9:30 a.m.: No Tsunami Threat From Summit Collapse Event

Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory reports a collapse/explosive event with energy equal to a 5.4 magnitude earthquake has occurred at Halema‘uma‘u Crater at 9:21 a.m.

Halemaʻumaʻu overlook vent wide angle from HVO Observation Tower, 2018-07-09 09:30:03 (HST)

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

Residents in the area affected by earthquakes are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
When driving be on the lookout for cracks in roadways.

If ash is observed stay indoors or seek cover.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports there is no tsunami threat to the Island of Hawai‘i.

NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
922 AM HST MON JUL 09 2018

A SEISMIC EVENT HAS OCCURRED NEAR THE SUMMIT OF KILAUEA VOLCANO.
THE EVENT IS LIKELY ASSOCIATED WITH A SUMMIT ERUPTION.

ITS PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ARE:

ORIGIN TIME – 0921 AM HST 09 JUL 2018
COORDINATES – 19.4 NORTH 155.3 WEST
LOCATION – IN THE SUMMIT REGION OF KILAUEA VOLCANO
MAGNITUDE – 5.4

NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED. REPEAT.

6 a.m.: As Trade Winds Lessen, SO2 Levels to Increase in Some Areas

This braided section of the lava channel is located downstream between about 2.2 to 3.7 miles from Fissure 8 (upper right). View is toward the southwest. PC: USGS

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 continues to expand into Kapoho Beach Lots and north of Four Corners intersection.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Kapoho Beach Lots and Four Corners area 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.

The National Weather Service forecasts showery light trade wind conditions through tonight. Some areas will experience elevated SO2 levels. You are reminded to take actions by sheltering in place or leaving affected areas.

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. The center 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.

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