(BIVN) – Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Janet Babb spoke with media in Hilo during the daily press conference at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A few hours later it was reported that a new fissure, fissure 18, has opened up near Halekamahina Loop Road between fissure 16 and 17. Active fumes and lava spatter is occurring at this time, civil defense reported.
“This newest fissure is on private property, do not trespass,” officials stated. Scientists said continued earthquake activity and additional outbreaks in the area are likely.
Due to the volcanic activity, the following are issued:
- Residents of lower Puna: there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare. If you evacuate voluntarily, pet-friendly shelters are open at Pahoa Community Center and Kea’au Community Center.
- Highway 132 is closed at Pohoiki Road intersection. Only local traffic allowed on Highway 132 (Pahoa-Kapoho Road) and Highway 137 (Beach Road).
- Highway 130 is closed at the intersection of Highway 132. Only local traffic allowed into Leilani Subdivision. Highway 130 remains closed between Malama Street and Kama’ili Road.
- Off-road sightseeing is prohibited. Stay out of the active eruption area. Allow the residents to care for their business.
- Vacation rentals in lower Puna are directed to cease operations to relieve the demand for water as well as reduce the area population so emergency responders can focus on residents who live in the area.
Due to the continued volcanic activity on Hawaiʻi Island, three charter schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, May 14, according to the Public Charter School Commission:
- Volcano School of Arts & Sciences
- Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki, LPCS
- Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School