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Kilauea Eruption: Third explosive eruption at Halemaumau early Monday (May 21) Kilauea Eruption: Lava flows enter the ocean, SO<sub>2</sub> in air greatly increases Sunday (May 20) Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow crosses Highway 137, enters ocean Saturday (May 19) Kilauea Eruption: Fast moving lava crosses Pohoiki Road Friday (May 18) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rangers relocate to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo Volcano Watch: Turn to the USGS and other trusted sources for Kīlauea eruption info
 
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Kilauea Eruption: Third explosive eruption at Halemaumau early Monday (May 21)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 12:55 a.m. Monday (May 21).  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.

Late last night, the fissure 20 lava flow reached the ocean. Hot lava entering the ocean creates a dense white plume called "laze" (short for "lava haze"). Laze is formed as hot lava boils seawater to dryness. The process leads to a series of chemical reactions that result in the formation of a billowing white cloud composed of a mixture of condensed seawater steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass. This mixture has the stinging and corrosive properties of dilute battery acid, and should be avoided. Because laze can be blown downwind, its corrosive effects can extend far beyond the actual ocean entry area. Photo taken Sunday, May 20, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flows enter the ocean, SO2 in air greatly increases Sunday (May 20)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active lava flows. Flow front 3 has split into two flows and both are entering the ocean. HVO also reports that sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions have tripled.

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Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow crosses Highway 137, enters ocean Saturday (May 19)

Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean. Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

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Kilauea Eruption: Fast moving lava crosses Pohoiki Road Friday (May 18)

Fast moving lava has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Police, Fire and National Guard are being sent in to stop all entry on both sides of Pohoiki and secure the area.

Ranger Keoni talks to visitors at MDC. NPS Photo Janice Wei-t

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rangers relocate to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo

While most of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park remains closed, Park Rangers are greeting and serving visitors at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Avenue in Downtown Hilo. The Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA) was established in 2003 to interpret the natural science, culture and history of the […]

At about 07:00 a.m. HST, Fissure 17 as shown from the air. The HVO field crew reported that the spattering height and intensity at Fissure 17 seemed to have intensified slightly from yesterday, but the length of active spattering in the fissure is shorter. The overall vigor of Fissure 17 appears to have dropped over the past two days, accompanying a stalling of the Fissure 17 flow front. Photo taken Thursday, May 17, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Volcano Watch: Turn to the USGS and other trusted sources for Kīlauea eruption info

False rumors about the ongoing volcanic activity at the summit and lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano are causing unnecessary anxiety and confusion.

Police fire 13 shots at suspect driving stolen vehicle at them in Puna Sunday (May 20)

May 21, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday (May 20), in upper Puna. There were no injuries sustained by the officers or the suspect. At about 8:55 a.m., police were looking for a suspect said to be in possession of a stolen 2002 Toyota Tacoma when they found the truck and a […]

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Police DUI stats for the week of May 14-20, 2018

May 21, 2018

During the week of May 14, through May 20, 2018, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 449 DUI arrests compared […]

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Police arrest and charge a Hilo man featured in ‘Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted’ TV show

May 21, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested and charged a 42-year old Hilo man who was previously featured on “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted”. At 2:33 p.m., Thursday afternoon (May 17) and acting on tips from the public, Eddie Paʻaluhi Poai was arrested without incident following a brief vehicle pursuit in Pāpa‘ikou. Poai was taken to the Hilo […]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 3.1 cents per gallon the past week

May 21, 2018

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.87/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.92/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Fallen Pine Tree causes power interruption for North Kohala

May 20, 2018

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that about 2,100 customers experienced a power interruption beginning a little after 5:30 p.m. after a pine tree fell onto and broke lines near Kynnersley Road in North Kohala.

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Department of Water Supply warning customers about phone scams

May 19, 2018

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) warns customers to be wary of potential scams involving fraudulent phone calls or visits from people claiming to represent the water agency. DWS has received calls from customers approached with handbills directing them to contact a phone number linked to “Mr. Cooper Home Loans.” Another individual was visited by […]

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DLNR closes Malama Ki Forest Reserve due to lava flow in it

May 19, 2018

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Malama Kī Forest Reserve on Hawai‘i island due to lava now flowing into it. Today maps showed one of three separate lava flows heading to the ocean with one going through the forest reserve.

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Hawai‘i Electric Light develops contingency plans to continue to serve customers in lower Puna

May 19, 2018

Hawai‘i Electric Light is developing contingency plans to provide options for restoring electricity to communities in lower Puna that may be cut off by lava flows. With lava moving more quickly over the past 48 hours, engineers were working near affected areas on Saturday to identify suitable locations for portable generators and other equipment.

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The flag at the Hilo post office at half-staff Friday (Dec 14).

Flags to remain at half-staff in honor of victims of Santa Fe, Texas tragedy

May 18, 2018

At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, today, May […]

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Police identify man who possibly drowned offshore Waipio Valley

May 18, 2018

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a Wednesday morning, (May 16), public accident after an unresponsive man was pulled from the waters off of the Hāmākua coast. At 9:23 a.m., police and fire personnel responded to a report of a man who was pulled from the ocean in Waipi`o Valley. Witnesses reported that the victim was […]

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Hawaii police offer emergency volcano alerts via text messages

May 18, 2018

Hawai’i Police Department Announces Emergency Alerts amid Kilauea Eruption Text LAVA to 888777 to register for volcano-related alerts Hawai’i, May 18, 2018 — Hawai’i Police are encouraging residents and visitors to subscribe to the department’s Kilauea volcano alerts, by texting the keyword LAVA to 888777. HPD will send text alerts regarding evacuation updates, traffic advisories, […]

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Police cracking down on illegal campers in North Kohala

May 18, 2018

Due to having received numerous complaints from members of the community, North Kohala Community Police along with Area II Special Enforcement Unit Officers (SEU), and Hawaii County Parks and Recreation’s maintenance workers, conducted a beach park sweep of individuals camping without a camper’s permit. A total of six citations were issued to six individuals today, […]

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More than 5,400 meals served by Salvation Army for eruption evacuees

May 18, 2018

More than 5,400 meals served since May 9; need grows for additional essential items at the distribution center, volunteers, and meal donations for two existing shelters and new third shelter Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] personnel and volunteers from The Salvation Army are supporting those affected by the Puna lava flow with meal coordination, hydration, and […]

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Latest Halemaumau explosion leaves national park under a thin layer of ash

May 18, 2018

At 4:14 a.m. Thursday (May 17), the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense reported a volcanic explosion in Halema‘uma‘u Crater, located at the summit of Kīlauea, in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

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