(BIVN) – Emergency officials say Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to be very active and is sending lava flowing into the ocean at Kapoho. Fissure 16 is oozing lava and is being monitored closely, as well.
In a 5:41 p.m. update from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory:
Lava fountains from the 170 ft-tall Fissure 8 spatter cone pulsed to heights of 185 to 200 ft overnight. Lava continues to flow through the well-established channel to the ocean at Kapoho. Occasionally, lava spills over the channel levees. The ocean entry remained fairly broad with laze blown onshore. Fissures 16 and 18 continue to ooze lava. Fissure 8, the channel, and the ocean entry are relatively stable with only a small amount of expansion at the southern boundary of the flow near the coast and south of Vacationland.
An unusual message was issued by Hawaii County Civil Defense on Saturday afternoon, regarding valid sources of information concerning the ongoing eruption. Civil defense did not name any specific source or rumor, only to say:
Civil Defense Authorities are advising people that official sources of information regarding the current East Rift Zone Eruption are obtained from agencies responsible for monitoring the volcano. Be aware of posters who speculate on the movement of active lava flows. This information has not been supported by official observations. Radio messages from the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency, along with information on official government websites and social media platforms will continue to relay accurate and current eruption information. We encourage you to only act on officially released information There is no immediate threat at this time. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to closely monitor the eruption and works hand in hand with the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency to provide updates.
“You will be notified of any changes that will affect your safety,” civil defense added.
Civil Defense also advised of the following updates to the shuttle schedules for the Disaster Recovery Center or DRC at the Keaau High School Gym:
- The last bus leaves the Keaau High School Gym at 8 p.m.
- The last bus leaves the Pahoa Shelter at 6 p.m.
- There are continuous shuttles between the Keaau Armory & Keaau High School Parking Lot to Keaau High School Gym every 20 minutes beginning at 7:30 a.m.
- There are continuous shuttles between Pahoa Community Center and Keaau High School Gym every hour beginning at 7:30 a.m.