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An EPA employee installs a S02 air monitoring meter in Hawaii. Photo Credit: James T. Ciszewski, Hawaii Department of Health

EPA installing air monitoring equipment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Region has deployed emergency responders and air monitoring equipment as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s federal response to the Kilauea volcanic eruption on Hawaii Island.

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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.

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Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for May 17, 2018

Twenty earthquakes were reported felt in Hawaii during the past week. Some were aftershocks associated with the magnitude-6.9 earthquake on May 4, 2018.

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At 11:43 HST, Civil Air Patrol flight CAP20 reported plume tops at 9,500' with the dispersed plume up to 11,000'. The CAP mission was launched from Hilo in support of Hawai'i County Civil Defense and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory response to the ongoing eruption. Ashfall from this plume has been reported falling on communities downwind. Photo courtesy of Civil Air Patrol

Aviation warning as Halemaumau ash cloud reaches over 10,000 feet

National Weather Service radar and pilot reports indicate the top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level, but this may be expected to vary depending on the vigor of activity and wind conditions.

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Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) leaks from Kilauea Volcano have increased during the eruption

Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, but in late April and early May 2018, the volcanic eruption took a dangerous new turn.

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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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Volcano Watch: It’s an extraordinary time on Kīlauea Volcano!

The breaking news of this past week is about Kīlauea Volcano’s summit eruption.

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Red Cross shelters house over 200 evacuees from Kilauea eruption

As of midnight, there were over 200 residents at the Pahoa shelter and 24 residents at the Keaau shelter. A team of Oahu Red Cross volunteers deployed to the Big Island on Tuesday to assist with sheltering, operations, and health services. Nearly 60 Red Cross volunteers have been working tirelessly to assist all evacuees with […]

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Department of Health recommendations for catchment water use during volcanic activity

Activity at Kilauea volcano has raised concerns about the possible impacts to rainwater catchment systems on the island of Hawaii. As the ash has been found to contain various metals, catchment users should try to avoid accumulating it in their water tanks.

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Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed as of Thursday night due to possible explosion at Kilauea summit

During steam-driven explosions, ballistic blocks up to 2 m (yards) across could be thrown in all directions to a distance of 1 km (0.6 miles) or more.

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Kilauea Eruption: At least 116 acres covered, and 36 structures destroyed by lava

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) confirms a new fissure (#15) is in Lanipuna Subdivision near the entrance and is actively erupting. Officials are on site assessing the situation. Hazardous fumes continue to be released.

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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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Red Cross Oahu team arriving today, Salvation Army providing meals, Petco accepting pet food donations

A team of Oahu Red Cross volunteers is deployed to the Big Island Tuesday (May 8) to assist with sheltering, operations, and health services. As of midnight, there were nearly 200 people at the Pahoa Community Center and 15 people at the Keaau Community Center shelter.

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State Department of Transportation preparing alternate route for Puna motorists

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is working with the County of Hawaii to prepare an alternative route in Puna should Keaau-Pahoa Road (Highway 130) be cut off by the Kilauea Volcano East Rift Zone Eruption.

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