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6 PM: New Map Released

July 31, 2018, 5:58 AM HST
* Updated July 31, 6:04 PM
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This news story will be updated throughout the day as new information becomes available and new articles will be added to the website’s “News” sectionPrevious information about ongoing events can be found in Big Island Now’s “Volcano Blog” section.

KĪLAUEA SUMMIT LIVESTREAM LINK from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory tower viewed toward the east-southeast.

KĪLAUEA SUMMIT LIVESTREAM LINK from the Northeast Caldera Rim viewed toward the south.

CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE LAVA MAP FOR JULY 31, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 p.m.: New Map Released

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Map as of 1 p.m. July 31, 2018.

Map of the East Rift Zone on July 31, 2018. Click to enlarge. PC: USGS

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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 31, 2018, 4 p.m.: Pohoiki Continues to Be Spared

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes continue at Kīlauea 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. No overflows were reported this morning. The margin of the flow at the ocean entry has not advanced and remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki boat ramp.

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State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11 after the 8 am collapse event at Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

Between mile marker 28 and 32, motorists are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.

Reminder: There will not be a test of the Outdoor Warning Siren System for the month of August. Testing will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

1 p.m.: Highway 11 Reopens

Police have completed investigative work and reopened Highway 11 between North Kulani Road and Kukui Camp Road in Mountain View.

8:10 a.m.: No Tsunami From Summit 5.4-M Collapse Event

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a collapse event has occurred at Halema‘uma‘u Crater at 8 AM. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports its energy equal to a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.

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.

6 a.m.: Portion of Hwy 11 to Close Temporarily for Inspection

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at Kīlauea Summit this morning at 12:30.

No damage was reported.

Earthquakes continue at Kīlauea Summit and Fissure 8 continues to erupt into the channel sending lava flows into the ocean at Ahalanui, creating a large laze plume. HVO field crews report no lava overflows nor spillovers occurring locally along the channel.

Yesterday’s flyover reports the margin of the flow remains approximately 500 feet from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp at Isaac Hale Park.

State Highways reports no new cracks on Highway 11. Motorists, especially motorcycle and bicycle traffic, on Highway 11 between mile marker 28 and 32 stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in roadway conditions and drive with extreme caution.

Today between noon and 1:30 p.m., the Hawai‘i Police Department will close Highway 11 between Kukui Camp Road and North Kulani Road in Mountain View for investigative purposes. Traffic will not be allowed in the area during this time.

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 of channel spillovers 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 islandwide to individuals and businesses in Hawai‘i County that have been affected by the Kīlauea eruption.

The Disaster Recovery Center operation hours at the Pahoa Community Center is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 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.

12:45 a.m.: No Tsunami From Summit Collapse Event

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a collapse event at Halema‘uma‘u Crater occurred at 12:30 a.m. with energy equal to a 4.5 magnitude earthquake. There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the Island of Hawai‘i.

Due to this volcanic activity, the following is provided for your safety;

  • Residents in the area affected by earthquakes are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
  • Motorist in the affected area be careful of possible cracks on roadways.
  • If ash is observed, seek cover and stay indoors.

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