(BIVN) – The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense reported earlier today that volcanic eruption activities continue in Puna’s Leilani Estates subdivision.
UPDATE: According to a 6:15 p.m civil defense update, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms “no new outbreaks have emerged and the fissures continue to emit hazardous fumes in Leilani Subdivision at this time.”
It is confirmed that at this time, 5 homes have been destroyed, civil defense says.
USGS scientists have been posting new imagery and maps to their website, offering some clarity to the exact locations of the fissures that are opening in the Puna subdivision.
All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions have been placed on evacuation notice due to volcanic activity and smoke hazards. “Please understand the unpredictability of these hazards,” civil defense stated. “The American Red Cross and the Department of Parks and Recreation have opened shelters at the Pahoa Community Center and the Kea’au Community Center for your use.”
USGS also deployed a few new maps to help chart what is going on.
This satellite image shows six of the eruptive fissures and area covered with lava in Leilani Estates. Since then at least two more fissures have been created.
Also, a new map showing the steepest descent paths in the area of the eruptive fissures. All 8 fissures (as of 10 a.m.) are included on this map.
We will update this page with the latest info from Hawaii County Civil Defense when it becomes available.
As of 12 noon today, there were 152 people at the Pahoa Community Center with another 40 to 50 people staying in their cars in the parking lot, and 24 people at the Kea’au Community Center shelter, according to the Hawaii Red Cross.
The county also issued a request, asking the public to refrain from dropping off “any monetary, in-kind or food donations, including prepared food donations at the shelters.”
“The County is working with The Salvation Army and community/business partners to set up a donation distribution center in Puna,” the county said. “The location is to be determined.”