This image is from a temporary research camera positioned near Kapoho looking southwest. From left to right, one can see the eruptive fissures, with Fissure 15 on the far left, and Fissure 8 near the center. Webcam image taken Thursday, June 28, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey
This thermal map shows the fissure system and lava flows as of 6 am on Wednesday, June 27. The fountain at Fissure 8 remains active, with the lava flow entering the ocean at Kapoho. Small breakouts were observed this morning in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots. Very small, short flows were observed today near Fissure 22. 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. 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 is a Civil Defense Message for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel with a broad ocean entry along the Kapoho shoreline. Fresh lava is also oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.
Due to volcanic activity, the following policies are in effect:
Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed.
Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.
Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency is treated as a felony.
The Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for the lower Puna area. No aircraft or drone activity is allowed within the Temporary Flight Restriction.
Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.
The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to assist you.
The Pahoa Post Office is open during normal business hours with temporary Sunday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for mail and package distribution only for residents in the affected areas. No retail services on Sunday.
For your safety, heed warnings from Civil Defense officials and stay alert.
Ocean entry laze
Due to the lava entry at the ocean, the following policies are in effect:
Access to the area is prohibited due to the laze hazard.
Stay away from any ocean plume since it can change direction without warning.
The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring the ocean entry area and enforcing a 300-meter standoff zone. Only permitted tour boats are allowed in the area.
Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation.
Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.