(BIVN) – 355 people are seeking shelter at County facilities after lava flows prompted new evacuations, county officials said at 3 p.m.
The USGS reported that Fissure 8 has maintained high lava output, pushing three lobes across Highway 132. Two lobes to the east. The leading lobe is 2.6 miles from Four Corners near Kapoho. The third, western lobe is going in a northerly direction.
Fissure 18 is still active, feeding a flow that is now a 0.5 miles above Highway 137.
Fissures 22, 13, 6 are weakly active, USGS says.
From Hawaii County Civil Defense at noon:
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that lava from several fissures continues to advance toward the Kapoho area. Residents of Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are advised to evacuate. You are at risk of being isolated due to possible lava inundation of Beach Road near Four Corners.
Due to the lava activity the following policies are in effect:
Flows are estimated to be less than 1/2 mile from Highway 137, north of Ahalanui County Park. Beach Road is restricted to resident traffic from Four Corners to Hawaiian Beaches to allow continued evacuations.
Cell Phone and Telephone landline communications in the Kapoho area have been severely limited due to downed power and telephone lines. Please contact friends and relatives to make sure they’re safe.
Highway 132 is closed.
Stay tuned to local radio stations for updates from Civil Defense.
Due to changing conditions, the following is provided for your information:
The Dept. of Health has received reports of children using N95 masks in school and outside. Please be advised masks are not intended for use by children or infants. Reduce their exposure by keeping them inside.
High concentrations of SO2 are still present in the Leilani Estates area, where fissures continue to emit gasses.
Residents close to any volcanic activity should remain alert and be prepared to voluntarily evacuate if necessary.
A meeting to discuss vog and ash exposure is scheduled in the Kau District at the Robert Herkes Gym in Pahala at 5:30 in the evening.
We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.