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4 PM: Lava 500 Feet From Pohoiki Boat Ramp

July 25, 2018, 7:00 AM HST
* Updated July 26, 7:43 AM
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 4 p.m.: Lava 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. The western margin of the flow near Pohoiki has not advanced significantly westward so the flow remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park.

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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.

The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Kea‘au High School Gym, is moving to a new location beginning Monday, July 30, at 8 a.m. The new location will be at the Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-2908 Pāhoa Village Rd. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The DRC will maintain regular hours before ending operations on Saturday, July 28 at 4 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 3 p.m.: No Overflows Reported This Morning

As of 10 a.m., July 25, 2018, the lava flow margins had not expanded since the previous map, so no red areas (indicating expansion) appear on this map.

Map of East Rift Zone on July 25, 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.

Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the channel leading northeastward from the vent. No new overflows were reported yesterday following the summit collapse event at 6:41 a.m.; no overflows were reported this morning. In the last day, the lava flow in the Ahalanui area has not extended significantly westward. The flow remains less than .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.

Pohoiki is hidden by the laze. July 24, 2018, Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6 a.m.: Lava Inches Toward Pohoiki

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 is within 150 yards of the 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 island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawai‘i County that have been affected by the Kilauea 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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