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4 PM: Pohoiki Flow Stalls

July 27, 2018, 6:19 AM HST
* Updated July 27, 4:12 PM
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Friday, July 27, 2018, 4 p.m.: Pohoiki Flow Stalls

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.

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HVO field crews report no new overflows today, despite a full channel.

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The western margin of the flow near Pohoiki has not advanced, so the flow remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp in Isaac Hale Park.

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

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 Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.
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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 Community Center, 15-3022 Kauhale St. Hours of operation remain unchanged, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m t o 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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

6 a.m.: Fissure 8 Continues to Erupt Into Perched Channel

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.

Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the channel leading northeastward from the vent. This north-facing view of the cone, vent, and proximal channel was taken during HVO’s overflight on July 26, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

HVO field crews report fluctuations in the channel level with small overflows occurring in the upper portion of the channel continued overnight. As of yesterday’s overflight, 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.

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

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.

At the coast, the lava flow in the Ahalanui area remains less than 0.1 miles from the Pohoiki boat ramp at Isaac Hale Park (left of center in this photo). The active ocean entry is a few hundred yards east (right) of this photograph taken on July 26, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

  • 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 Community Center, 15-3022 Kauhale St. Hours of operation will remain unchanged, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Access placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani St. in Hilo.

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