Kilauea Eruption: Eruptive activity at Kilauea summit and Fissure 8 decreases

Hawaii County Civil Defense interactive map of roadblocks, subdivisions, and eruption fissures:

USGS Resources related to the 2018 Kilauea Lower East Rift Zone eruption and Summit Activity

Kīlauea Eruption Information Resources:…

Lavacam of Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates here.

Kilauea Eruption Update

During this morning’s overflight, HVO geologists observed low levels of lava fountaining within the fissure 8 spatter cone and crusted lava in the spillway and channel downstream. The significance of this change is not yet clear. Eruptions can wax and wane or pause for days to weeks before returning to high levels of lava discharge. New outbreaks in the area of the active fissures could also occur in the near future. Video taken Monday, August 6, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

This video shows a timelapse of the lava flows erupted in Kīlauea’s Lower East Rift Zone between June 1 and August 3, 2018. Maps courtesy of USGS/HVO.

USGS/Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park media briefing 3 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2018

This is a Civil Defense Message for 4 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity has decreased at the Kilauea summit and lower east rift zone at fissure 8. Seismic activity is low with few felt earthquakes at the summit. Weak activity was reported in the fissure 8 cone with no activity seen in the upper channel. At the ocean entry, mild incandescence was reported.

HVO continues to monitor Kilauea for signs of reactivation of activity. Several overflights are scheduled throughout the day to visually monitor the volcano.

Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker 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.

The Pahoa eruption information meeting, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, has been canceled as the County prepares for Hurricane Hector.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

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. Mail delivery has resumed for areas where roadways have reopened. 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:

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Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Vog

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Volcanic gas emissions remain elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents in lower Puna.

County, State, and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.

Monitor vog levels and forecasts: People on Hawaii Island outside the area of volcanic activity are also advised to monitor levels of vog at

The residents of Puna are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your help and understanding.

Illustration of Kīlauea Volcano from the summit caldera to the lower East Rift Zone.