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Earthquake damage on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. National Park Service Photo.

Earthquake causes cracks on highway and buildings at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A magnitude-3.5 earthquake located 0.1 miles beneath the summit of Kīlauea Volcano around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday caused noticeable structural damage in park buildings and on Highway 11.

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Kilauea caldera drops three feet, and quakes create cracks on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11)

The floor of Kilauea caldera has dropped approximately 3 feet (90 cm). This movement is stressing faults around the caldera of Kilauea, causing them to move and resulting in strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 4.4 thus far.

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Hawaiian Telcom offering free phone calls, WiFi at Pahoa, and Keaau shelters

Hawaiian Telcom is offering free local and long distance calling at the Pāhoa Regional Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street) and Kea‘au Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua Street) to support East Hawai‘i residents who evacuated their homes due to the recent volcanic eruptions.

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Epicenter of the quake at 11:53 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Temblor of 4.6 magnitude shakes Hawaii Island late Saturday night (May 12)

Quake shakes Hawaii Island late Saturday night (May 12). The quake had a magnitude of 4.6 and was not strong enough to cause a tsunami. Aftershocks could be felt after the quake which was centered offshore from Puna.

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Earthquakes with a magnitude of 2 or greater from May 4-11, 2018. Map courtesy IRIS/Google Maps/Google Earth

Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for May 11, 2018

Fifty earthquakes were reported felt in Hawaii during the past week. Many were aftershocks associated with the magnitude-6.9 earthquake on May 4.

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Closure of Papaikou Mill Beach due to earthquake damage

Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is informing the public that Papaikou Mill Beach will be closed until further notice due to damage sustained during the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred on May 4, 2018. During the earthquake, a concrete wall overlooking the beach area sustained severe damage, which poses a risk to beachgoers.

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

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

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.

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Visitors at Jaggar Museum overlook on Sunday evening enjoy the glow emanating from the lava lake deep within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Temporary new operating hours for the park are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. ​Photo courtesy of NPS Volunteer Janice Wei

Modified hours for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to quake damage

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Monday announced that new operating hours for visitation will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until further notice. In addition, Kīlauea Visitor Center (KVC) has resumed normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Jaggar Museum has resumed normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The […]

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Kilauea Eruption: At least 35 structures destroyed by lava as of Monday (May 7)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms the eruption in Leilani continues. Two new fissures have emerged south of Malama Street emitting lava and gas. A community meeting will be held tonight at Pāhoa High School Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

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Hilo Downtown Post Office reopens, Puna eruption evacuees pick up mail at Pahoa Post Office

USPS announced today that the Hilo Downtown Post Office has reopened for business. The postal facility, located in the Hilo Federal Building at 154 Waianuenue Avenue, had been closed on May 4 when the federal building was evacuated due to structural concerns in the wake of the earthquakes that have accompanied the eruption.

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Volcano Watch: What a day! Eruptions, earthquakes, and a lower lava lake

Kīlauea really started rocking and rolling Friday (May 4). It began with a magnitude-5.4 earthquake, an hour later, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake, the strongest quake to strike Hawaiʻi since 1975.

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HELCO urges residents to stay away from downed power poles and lines

Hawai‘i Electric Light wants to remind the community that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted. “Continued lava activity in the Leilani Estates subdivision has caused electric lines and other utility equipment to fall,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Everyone should treat lines, transformers, and other utility equipment as […]

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park re-opens with limited services

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened Sunday at 3 p.m. following a sequence of large, violent earthquakes that prompted a two-day closure and evacuation of park visitors and staff last Friday.

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HELCO safety tips for residents in Kilauea eruption areas with lava damage

Hawai‘i Electric Light wants to remind the community that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted. “Utility equipment has been damaged by lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Company employees are unable to enter restricted areas to restore power or confirm problems with electrical […]

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