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Kilauea Eruption: Lava flows enter the ocean, SO<sub>2</sub> in air greatly increases Sunday (May 20) Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow crosses Highway 137, enters ocean Saturday (May 19) Kilauea Eruption: Fast moving lava crosses Pohoiki Road Friday (May 18) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rangers relocate to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo Volcano Watch: Turn to the USGS and other trusted sources for Kīlauea eruption info Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for May 17, 2018
 
Late last night, the fissure 20 lava flow reached the ocean. Hot lava entering the ocean creates a dense white plume called "laze" (short for "lava haze"). Laze is formed as hot lava boils seawater to dryness. The process leads to a series of chemical reactions that result in the formation of a billowing white cloud composed of a mixture of condensed seawater steam, hydrochloric acid gas, and tiny shards of volcanic glass. This mixture has the stinging and corrosive properties of dilute battery acid, and should be avoided. Because laze can be blown downwind, its corrosive effects can extend far beyond the actual ocean entry area. Photo taken Sunday, May 20, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Lava flows enter the ocean, SO2 in air greatly increases Sunday (May 20)

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to monitor active lava flows. Flow front 3 has split into two flows and both are entering the ocean. HVO also reports that sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions have tripled.

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Kilauea Eruption: Lava flow crosses Highway 137, enters ocean Saturday (May 19)

Flow front #1 has crossed Highway 137 at the 13-mile marker and has entered the ocean. Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.

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Kilauea Eruption: Fast moving lava crosses Pohoiki Road Friday (May 18)

Fast moving lava has crossed Pohoiki Road near Malama Ki Place.  Police, Fire and National Guard are being sent in to stop all entry on both sides of Pohoiki and secure the area.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Rangers relocate to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo

While most of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park remains closed, Park Rangers are greeting and serving visitors at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 76 Kamehameha Avenue in Downtown Hilo. The Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA) was established in 2003 to interpret the natural science, culture and history of the […]

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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Police are still searching for a Kona woman reported missing

May 18, 2018

Police are renewing their request for community members to be on the lookout for 67-year-old Deborah Wiley who has been missing from Kinue Road since Sunday, (May 13), evening. Police confirmed that Wiley was seen on a private driveway on Hind Drive in Captain Cook on Sunday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m. Wiley was last […]

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Police warrants list for Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them.

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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

May 18, 2018

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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No-Entry zone established for Hawaii Electric Light crews in Leilani Estates

May 17, 2018

Hawai‘i Electric Light announced that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna Gardens has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews. These areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking, sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of SO2. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last […]

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Hawaii Electric Light sets up webpage for customer updates

May 17, 2018

Hawai‘i Electric Light has set up a page on its website for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption and for those who may have questions about billing and service during the emergency.

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Panorama of Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent Wide Angle from HVO Observation Tower at 5:44 a.m. HST Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo taken Thursday, May 17, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Kilauea Eruption: Explosive eruption at Kilauea summit Thursday (May 17)

May 17, 2018

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an Explosive Eruption at Kilauea’s Summit has occurred at 4:17 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018. Residents are advised to take precautions due to the ash.

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Pahoa Post Office temporarily closed due to reduced air quality

May 17, 2018

Due to air quality concerns, the Pahoa Post Office is closed for business today, Thursday, May 17. This closure encompasses mail delivery as well as retail operations. The office will reopen and delivery will resume when conditions permit. This closure will be reevaluated on a day-to-day basis.

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Man drowns at Waipio Valley Wednesday (May 16)

May 17, 2018

Fire/rescue crews answered a 9:24 a.m. alarm Wednesday (May 16) to Waipio Valley Beach for a possible drowning. Upon arrival rescue crews found bystanders doing CPR on a man about 50-years-old. The fire department’s Chopper two airlifted the victim from the beach to a landing zone at the end of Honokaa-Waipio Road for transfer to […]

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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

May 16, 2018

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)

May 16, 2018

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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Kilauea Eruption: Very little advancement of lower east rift flow Wednesday (May 16)

May 16, 2018

Lava flows from fissure 17 have advanced little over the past day. Field crew estimates are an advance of only 100 yards. The National Weather Service has cancelled the Ashfall Advisory as of 8:33 a.m.

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Gov. Ige forms Dual-Status Command to streamline military response to Kilauea eruption

May 16, 2018

Gov. David Y. Ige has announced the formation of a Dual-Status Command, Joint Task Force 50 (JTF) in response to the Kilauea lava flow on Hawai‘i Island. Gov. Ige’s formal request to appoint Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara was submitted on Tuesday, May 15 and approved by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis earlier today.

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Army reserve to provide free medical care during June training in Keaau

May 16, 2018

The Oahu based U.S. Army Reserve will conduct a two-week readiness training mission in Keaau by providing free medical health screenings, dental services, eye exams, hearing tests, and more. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for kids and a free legal clinic will be held on one day.

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At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (May 15) a large ash plume rose from Halemaumau's Overlook Vent as seen from the Volcano Country Club Golf Course. Photo by Timothy Bryan | Special to Hawaii 24/7

Kilauea Eruption: New fissure opens in Lanipuna Gardens, Halemaumau ash fallout headed towards Ka‘u

May 15, 2018

Rockfalls continue to send up ash plumes from Halemaumau’s Overlook Vent. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports eruption activity continues in lower Puna with fissure 20 opening early this morning.

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