Kilauea Eruption: New fissure eruptions, 36 structures have been destroyed as of Tuesday (May 8)

Hawaii County Civil Defense interactive map of roadblocks, subdivisions, and eruption fissures: tinyurl.com/punalava

Fissures number 13 and 14 have opened Tuesday afternoon (May 8).

Fissures number 13 and 14 have opened Tuesday afternoon (May 8).

EVACUATION – Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. All Lanipuna residents must evacuate now. Evacuate towards the ocean Isaac Hale Beach Park. Vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and Vent number 14 near Kaupili St. and Leilani Avenue. Both have paused but continue to release hazardous gases.

This is a Civil Defense Message for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Hawaii County Civil Defense 7 p.m. audio message

Eruption update:

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. Vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and Vent number 14 near Kaupili St. and Leilani Avenue. Both have paused but continue to release hazardous gases. Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 14 fissures have emerged. The lava has covered 104 acres and 36 structures have been destroyed.

Evacuation Update:

  • Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day until further notice. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • Civil Defense has established the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued at RIAC throughout the week.
    • The County is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.
  • The County of Hawaii and Civil Defense is not associated with the website www.punalavaflow2018.com.

Road Status Update:

  • Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
  • Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.
  • No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.

Service/Utilities/Agency Update:

  • Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
  • Water spigots installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker in Vacationland are still available for the public to access.
  • Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect. All aviation request are administered by the Fire Department.
  • United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office.
  • The Hawai‘i County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office have established a policy of zero tolerance towards looting or vandalism. Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism will be treated as a felony.
  • DOH is working on updating SO2 data reporting online. Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard http:/ivhhn.org/vog.
  • Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.

Community Message/Alerts:

  • The residents of Leilani Estates are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your understanding. We ask for your help.
  • County, State, and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.
  • Thank you for your attention. Have a safe day. This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.


Aerial view of fissure 13 that became active mid-afternoon today. The fissure is across Leilani Street. Fissure 13 is located between fissures 1 and 6. Video taken Tuesday, May 8, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey


At 1:15 p.m. HST, fissure 12 (shown here) opened shortly after fissure 11 became inactive. Fissure 12 opened in the forest south of Malama Street in Leilani Estates. Video taken Monday, May 7, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

This thermal map clearly shows the fissure system during an overflight of the area this afternoon. The Fissure 8 flow is inactive, but Fissures 11 and 12 opened today. Fissure 12, which started shortly after the map was map, began around noon. The black and white area is the extent of the thermal map. Temperature in the thermal image is displayed as gray-scale values, with the brightest pixels indicating the hottest areas (whitish areas show the active lava flow). The gray linear features are the other fissures (numbered in red color) that have erupted thus far in the sequence. The thermal map was constructed by stitching many overlapping oblique thermal images collected by a handheld thermal camera during a helicopter overflight of the flow field. The base is a copyrighted color satellite image (used with permission) provided by Digital Globe.

This thermal map clearly shows the fissure system during an overflight of the area this afternoon. The Fissure 8 flow is inactive, but Fissures 11 and 12 opened today. Fissure 12, which started shortly after the map was map, began around noon. The black and white area is the extent of the thermal map. Temperature in the thermal image is displayed as gray-scale values, with the brightest pixels indicating the hottest areas (whitish areas show the active lava flow). The gray linear features are the other fissures (numbered in red color) that have erupted thus far in the sequence. The thermal map was constructed by stitching many overlapping oblique thermal images collected by a handheld thermal camera during a helicopter overflight of the flow field. The base is a copyrighted color satellite image (used with permission) provided by Digital Globe.


This video of Halema‘uma‘u lava lake from this evening shows the agitated lake surface caused by intemittent rock falls. Falling rocks are common since the lava lake level has dropped quickly, and exposed the walls. Yesterday the lake level was about 220 m (240 yards) below the crater rim and it continues to drop. Video taken Monday, May 7, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

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