(BIVN) – High levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas are being detected in the area of the ongoing Leilani Estates lava eruption.
Emergency officials say the SO2 levels are an “immediate threat to life for all who become exposed. First responders may not be able to come to the aid of residents who refuse to evacuate.”
The area continues to be unstable with multiple volcanic eruptions happening, officials say. “No one is allowed into the area,” civil defense stated Friday morning. “Do not attempt to return to your home at this time.”
“All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been ordered to evacuate. The Pahoa Community Center and the Kea’au Community Center are open for shelter,” civil defense repeated.
According to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory:
As of this morning, three separate fissures have opened in the eastern portion of Leilani Estates. Each outbreak has been preceded by ground cracking and strong gas emission. Activity consists primarily of vigorous spattering of lava and development of very short lava flows that have yet to travel more than a few tens of yards from the vent. Earthquake activity in the area remains elevated and ground deformation is continuing. High levels of volcanic gas are reported around the fissure vents.
Active volcanic vents are erupting on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets. Police, Fire and County agencies along with the National Guard are assisting with evacuation.