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4 PM: Lava About 500 Feet From Pohoiki Boat Ramp

July 24, 2018, 6:24 AM HST
* Updated July 24, 4:18 PM
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 p.m.: Lava About 500 Feet From Pohoiki Boat Ramp

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kīlauea’s summit, and Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel, sending flows to the ocean at Ahalanui and creating a large laze plume. Over the last day, ooze outs were reported along the western edge of the lava flow, which is now about 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park.

The lava flow is moving westward toward the Pohoiki boat ramp. Photo taken on July 23, 2018.. Click to enlarge. PC: HFD

State Highways requests motorists on Highway 11 between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement and be alert for changing roadway conditions.

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The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • Check all utility connections of water, gas, and electricity for potential damage from earthquake activity.
  • Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that channel overflows and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field.
  • The ocean entry continues to produce a “laze” plume. Take precautions and stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
  • Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawai‘i County that have been affected by the Kīlauea eruption.
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The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Kea‘au High School Gym, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.

Access placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani St. in Hilo.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 3:30 p.m.: New Map Released, Flow Expanding Westward

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Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the channel leading northeastward from the vent. Crews in the field on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, do not report an increase in lava output from Fissure 8 following this morning’s summit collapse event at 6:41 a.m.

In the last day, ooze outs along the edge of the lava flow in the Ahalanui area have caused the flow to expand westward. The flow is now about .1 miles from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park. The active ocean entry is still a few hundred yards to the east of this lava flow edge.

Map as of 10 a.m., July 24, 2018.

Map of the East Rift Zone as of July 24, 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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6:50 a.m.: No Tsunami From 5.5-M Summit Collapse Event

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a collapse event with energy equal to 5.5-magnitude earthquake has occurred at Halema‘uma‘u Crater at 6:41 a.m.

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

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.
  • Be on the lookout for road cracks while driving.
  • If ash is observed, stay indoors or seek cover.

645 AM: NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI

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 – 0641 AM HST 24 JUL 2018
COORDINATES – 19.4 NORTH 155.3 WEST
LOCATION – IN THE SUMMIT REGION OF KILAUEA VOLCANO
MAGNITUDE – 5.5

6 a.m.: Quakes & Fissure 8 Flow Continue

The fissure 8 channel continues to carry lava toward the coast on the west side of Kapoho Crater (vegetated cone, far left). Northwest of this cone, overflows (lower left) of the channel occurred overnight, but lava was confined to the existing flow field and did not threaten any homes or structures. July 23, 2018. PC: USGS

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports earthquakes continue at Kīlauea Summit and Fissure 8 continues to erupt into the lava channel flowing to the ocean entry at Ahalanui.

Yesterday’s overflight reports the southern margin of the flow remains unchanged at approximately .25 miles from Isaac Hale-Pohoiki Boat Ramp.

State Highways requests motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 Mile Markers stay on the pavement and to be on the alert for changing roadway conditions.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that channel overflows and outbreaks may occur on the active flow field without warning.
  • Residents are reminded to check utility connections of gas, water, and electricity after earthquakes.

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

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Kea‘au High School Gym is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.

Access placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani St.in Hilo.

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