(BIVN) – Hawai‘i County Civil Defense issued a new update for Friday May 4, 2018 at 4 p.m. as the volcanic eruption continues in Leilani Subdivision in the Puna District.
Active volcanic vents are located on Makamae, Kaupili and Mohala Streets. New vents have opened near Kahukai and Pohoiki Road. There is no activity at Puna Geothermal Venture at this time. PGV is secured.
All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision are on evacuation notice. Police, Fire and County agencies along with the National Guard are assisting with evacuation.
Due to the eruption, the following are issued:
Department of Water Supply reports an Emergency Water Restriction is now in effect for Leilani Estates, Nānāwale Estates, Kapoho and Lanipuna Gardens. ALL Water Supply customers must immediately restrict water use to health and safety needs only.
A community meeting will be held tonight at Pahoa High School Cafeteria at 5:30 PM. Information will be shared about the status of the volcanic activity in Leilani Estates.
Hawaii Fire Department reports extremely dangerous air quality conditions due to high levels of Sulfur Dioxide gas in the evacuation area. Elderly, young, and people with compromised respiratory systems are especially vulnerable.
The high levels detected 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. No one is allowed into the area. Do not attempt to return to your home at this time.
All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been placed on evacuation status. The Pahoa Community Center is available as a pet friendly shelter, and the Kea’au Community Center has been established as an alternative pet friendly evacuation center farther away for those sensitive to vog.
Residents evacuating should bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including medicine, food, and necessary items for your comfort if possible.
County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.
Effective immediately, the DLNR Division of State Parks has closed its Lava Tree State Monument and Mackenzie State Recreation Area until further notice. Gates to these parks will be locked and closure signs posted.
This action was taken after consultation with Hawaii County Emergency and Parks and Recreation which recommended the closures due to earthquake activity in the Puna area, DLNR said.
The University of Hawaii System made this announcement Friday:
UH Hilo announcement:
Due to the seismic activity today, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be closing its Hilo campus facilities effective immediately to allow students and employees to attend to personal business and priorities.
Individuals should feel safe to remain on campus in buildings, including students living in residence halls. All structures on campus were designed and built to resist seismic ground motion per county code and state requirements.
Campus will reopen tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, 2018, and continue with normal operations, including the Library and Student Life Center hours, if there is no additional seismic activity.
Hawai‘i Community College announcement:
Hawai’i Community College Manono Campus is closed for the remainder of the business day, so that faculty, staff and students can attend to any needs arising from the Kilauea activity.
Students who have scheduled exams at the Hale Kea Advancement and Testing Center, please contact your instructors to follow up on rescheduling your exams.
According to the Hawaii Red Cross:
As of noon on Friday, there were approximately 200 residents at the Pahoa Community Center and 2 residents at the Keaau Community Center.
The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Full details about what the kit should contain are available here. (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).
Water – 1 gallon per person per day
Food – non-perishable
Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
First aid kit
Medications & Medical items
Manual Can opener
Personal hygiene items
Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
Cell phone with chargers
Family Contact Information
Change of clothes
You may also need:
Baby supplies – bottles, baby food & diapers
Games and activities
Pet supplies – collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications